|Position:||Assistant Director of Media Relations (Men's Basketball, Men's Lacrosse, Volleyball, Women's Soccer)|
Dave Vatz joined the UAlbany athletics department starting in the 2013-14 season and enters his fifth year at UAlbany, serving as the interim director of media relations from Nov. 2016-July 2017. He is currently responsible for men's basketball, men's lacrosse, volleyball and women's soccer and formerly was the SID for women's basketball, spring football, field hockey and women's lacrosse.
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.
He is also the official scorekeeper for the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Houston Astros short-season single-A minor league baseball team based in Troy, New York. He formerly was an official scorekeeper and scoreboard operator for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Baltimore Orioles single-A minor league baseball team in Salisbury, Maryland. He was an official scorer for the 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game and the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Vatz has won four CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) yearly awards, including three in writing and one in graphic design, with three coming while at UAlbany. He is a three-time regional winner of the CoSIDA Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest for "Season Preview/Recap of the Year" at UAlbany in 2015 and 2016 in District 1 (New York and New England) and UMES in 2013 in District 2 (Mid-Atlantic). His 2015 UAlbany women's soccer media guide earned first place nationally 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.