LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Lynchburg Athletic Department and Director of Athletics Jon Waters are pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Robertson as Head Sports Information Director. Robertson is no stranger to Lynchburg, having worked as a sports reporter at the Hill City's daily newspaper, The News & Advance, since November 2015. The Roanoke, Virginia native is quite familiar with the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as well. Robertson graduated from ODAC member Emory & Henry College in 2013 and played four years on the Wasps' baseball team. He has covered the ODAC, including several of Lynchburg's recent conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances, extensively since joining The News & Advance's sports staff.
"I knew the first time I met Mark that he had a unique passion and commitment to Division III sports and especially the ODAC. He has done a tremendous job of telling the stories of Lynchburg student athletes and teams through his efforts at the paper, now we are excited to have him with us on a daily basis" said Waters.
Robertson joins a strong communications staff in the Hornets Athletic department, which includes Director of Digital Media Joe Hutzler, Assistant Sports Information Director Taylor Alexander and Head Men's Golf Coach Jon Howard, who has served as the interim Sports Information Director for the past year.
"Everyone wants to join a winning team, and under Jon Waters' leadership, Lynchburg College's athletic department has developed a championship tradition that few Division III programs can rival," Robertson said. "Over the past two years, I've learned first-hand how devoted and talented the coaching staffs at Lynchburg are, and I can't wait to bring my work ethic and enthusiasm to join them. The energy here is palpable."
Robertson studied mass communications, geography and history at Emory & Henry, where he was the primary student assistant for Sports Information Department as well as Gameday Operations for three years.
Prior to joining The News & Advance, Robertson spent 30 months in the American West covering sports and news for the Great Falls Tribune in Great Falls, Montana and the Lake County Leader in Polson, Montana. His sports writing portfolio placed second in the 2016 Virginia Press Association awards, and he collected numerous Montana Newspaper Association awards for writing and design between 2013 and 2015.
He will assume his duties at Lynchburg effective July 31.