|Position:||Interim Director of Media Relations (Football, Men's Basketball, M/W Lacrosse, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Women's Soccer)|
Dave Vatz joined the UAlbany athletics department starting in the 2013-14 season, taking over as the interim director of media relations in November 2016. He is currently responsible for men's basketball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball and women's soccer and formerly was the SID for women's basketball.
He has been in media relations since 2010, serving as the assistant director of media relations & broadcasting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 2010-13 and the media relations/broadcasting assistant for the Hagerstown Suns, a full-season minor league baseball affiliate of the Washington Nationals, during the 2010 season. He has also served as a freelance writer for Inside Lacrosse magazine since 2007.
Vatz has won three CoSIDA yearly awards including two in writing and one in graphic design, with two coming while at UAlbany. He is two-time regional winner of the CoSIDA Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest for "Season Preview/Recap of the Year" at UAlbany in 2016 in District 1 and UMES in 2013 in District 2. His 2015 UAlbany women's soccer media guide earned first place in the CoSIDA Publication Design Contest in the Soccer Guide - University Women category.
Vatz graduated from the University of Maryland in 2009 with a double major in journalism and history.