Director of Football Communications
Mike Montoro is in his fifth year as the director of football communications at West Virginia University. He handles the day-to-day operations for the nationally-ranked football program as it relates to the media, working to increase exposure locally, regionally and nationally. He also supervises the dissemination of information, coordinates the press box and media operations on game day and oversees the promotional award campaigns for both players and coaches in the football program.
In his four years at WVU, the football team won two BIG EAST Championships, made four bowl appearances and was ranked among the nation's Top 25 each season. Seven players were named to 15 All-America teams, five were selected freshmen All-American and 40 were named all-conference.
Montoro arrived at WVU after spending seven years at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. At Southern Miss, he oversaw the media relations unit, starting as the director of media relations (2000-04), then as the assistant director of athletics for media relations (2004-06) and then associate director of athletics for media relations (2006-07).
His primary responsibilities included the dissemination of information for the athletics program, as well as the department’s liaison with the media. He served as the primary contact for the nationally-ranked Golden Eagle football and baseball programs, as well as directing the operations of the athletic media relations office.
During his tenure at USM, he promoted 51 football and 28 baseball players who were selected all-conference, six football players named to 24 All-American teams, 10 baseball players garnered 29 All-American selections, six football players and 10 baseball players named to freshman All-American teams.
His sports information career includes stints at Virginia Tech as an assistant sports information director (1999-00) and Liberty as a student assistant (1986-88), assistant sports information director (1988-92), sports information director (1995-97) and assistant athletic director for media relations (1997-99).
He spent two years at West Virginia (1992-94) as a sports publications graduate assistant and one year at Brescia College (1994-95) as the sports information director.
Montoro has been the editor or the assistant editor of more than 33 publications that have been awarded national or district recognition from the College Sports Information Director’s of America (CoSIDA), including seven that were tabbed as best in the nation.
Montoro is a member of CoSIDA, Football Writers Association of America and the National College Baseball Writers of America. He is currently serving his fourth year as a national chairman on the Capital One Academic All-America program and 17th year overall and has been on the executive board of the NCBWA since 2002 and currently serves as the executive assistant director. He was honored with the Wilbur Snypp Award in 2006 for outstanding contribution to college baseball. He also was inducted into the women’s basketball hall of fame at Liberty in 1998.
The Westminster, Md., native received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Liberty in 1990 and his master’s degree in sport management from West Virginia in 1994.