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TEXAS-ARLINGTON NAMES BILL PETITT SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR

Aug. 12, 2003

ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Pete Carlon has announced the hiring of Bill Petitt as the universities new Sports Information Director. Petitt comes to UTA after serving the previous three years as the Assistant SID at fellow Southland Conference school Texas-San Antonio. Petitt will begin his duties at UTA on September 2.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," said Petitt. "I was impressed with Texas-Arlington prior to my interview, but I have so much respect for what Pete Carlon is trying to do at UTA. He has built this program on a solid foundation and I am thrilled to be a part of it."

"There was a tremendous talent pool for the open position at UTA", said Carlon. "Bill stood out above the rest with his past experience as a head SID at West Texas A&M and with tremendous NCAA Championship experience. He was highly recommended by his peers and was well received by the UTA staff."

During his tenure at UTSA, Petitt served as the media relations contact for women's basketball, softball, men's and women's track and field and cross country, men's and women's tennis and men's golf. He also provided radio play-by-play for all UTSA women's basketball games and selected men's basketball games, while also serving as webmaster for the athletic department website. Petitt also gained valuable experience as the assistant media relations coordinator for the 2001 NCAA Men's Midwest Regional, 2002 Women's Final Four and the 2003 Men's South Regional.

"Working at UTSA and being involved in NCAA Championships has been a great learning experience," said Petitt. "I think being in the state system and working at a school within the Southland Conference will help in the transition to UTA."

Petitt began his career in sports information in 1986 as he served as the SID at WTAMU until 1990. Following his tenure with the Buffs, Petitt went on to become an Announcer and Promotions Director for KCRS-AM/FM in Midland from 1990-95 before moving on to become the sports editor for the Kerrville Daily Times from 1996-2000. In 1998, Petitt also served as a sports announcer for KRHN Radio in Kerrville.

Petitt graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and business management from Texas-Permian Basin in 1993, after completing most of his undergraduate work at Texas Tech. Petitt, and his wife Julie, have two daughters, Annie and Megan.

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