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Brent Ingram
Brent  Ingram

Position:
Assistant Director of Communications

11/03/2016

UTA welcomes Brent Ingram to its athletic communications staff

Former Kentucky staff member brings more than a decade of experience to Maverick athletics.

Brent Ingram is in his first year as the assistant director of communications with UT Arlington, after spending 12 years working in a similar role at the University of Kentucky. Ingram is charged with managing all publicity efforts for UT Arlington baseball and volleyball.

Ingram, the 2015 USA Baseball National Team Press Officer and 2016 Co-Vice President of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, was responsible at Kentucky for all the publicity efforts for the baseball program, and served as the assistant contact for UK football.

Ingram served as the Kentucky baseball contact for 11 seasons and was the men’s soccer contact for seven, also working with the UK rifle program during its national title run. He worked with UK football in 2014-15, marking his second tenure with the program, serving as an assistant during the 2006 Music City Bowl Championship season.

As the baseball and volleyball contact, Ingram coordinates all media requests, in addition to writing and editing UTA media guides, game notes and press releases, also maintaining and editing the social-media presence. Ingram also serves as the media coordinator and official scorer during home baseball contests, in addition to his day-to-day responsibilities in the communications office and the management of UTA’s intercollegiate athletic program.

In 2015, Ingram joined USA Baseball to serve as the press officer for the collegiate national team. During the summer tour, Team USA won series meetings with the senior national teams from Cuba and Taiwan. USA's pitching staff, combined with Florida A.J. Puk, Missouri’s Tanner Houck and Texas A&M’s Ryan Hendrix worked a no hitter vs. the Cubans, marking the first ever no-hitter allowed by Cuba.

In 2014, Ingram promoted one of the top players in the history of college baseball, two-way star AJ Reed. Reed became the third unanimous national player of the year in Southeastern Conference history, leading the NCAA in homers, slugging and OPS, while becoming the first player in conference annals to lead the league in wins and homers. Reed won the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy, Baseball America College Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, America Baseball Coaches Association National Player of the Year, Perfect Game National Player of the Year, SEC Male Athlete of the Year and SEC Player of the Year, also claiming the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Reed was a consensus first-team All-America honoree and was the first pick of the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. 

In 11 years working with the Kentucky baseball program, Ingram successfully promoted a school-record five All-America selections, including a program-first two honorees in 2008. In Ingram’s 11 years with UK baseball, a school-record 72 players have been picked in the MLB Draft or signed free-agent professional contracts, including 22 players drafted in the top 10 rounds since 2008. Pitching stars James Paxton (2009) and Alex Meyer (2011) became the third and fourth UK players picked in the first-round picks in the 49-year history of UK in the MLB Draft, with Meyer going 23rd overall in the 2011 MLB Draft to the Washington Nationals.

During a historic 2012 UK baseball season, the Wildcats shattered nearly every school record and boasted some of the top individual players in program annals, including consensus freshman All-America selections Austin Cousino and Reed, with Gary Henderson named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. After the year, a school-record nine players were drafted, second-most of any school in the nation. The Wildcats soared to a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in program history and shattered a bevy of school records during the best campaign in the 114-year history of the program.

During his time with men’s soccer, several UK stars earned accolades, including the first two freshman All-America honorees in program history in back-to-back seasons, and defender Barry Rice was named the third and fourth All-America selection in school annals, with Ingram creating a new statistical category to benefit Rice’s promotion, the only of its kind in the nation.

Ingram graduated in December of 2006 from the University of Kentucky with a degree in communication and a minor in sports management. He began his career in sports information as an intern for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association from 2000-2006, under KHSAA veterans Butch Cope, Julian Tackett and Marilyn Mitchell, and began working as a student assistant in the UKMR office during the summer of 2004. As a student assistant in 2006, Ingram worked as the secondary contact for the baseball program under primary contact Scott Dean, with the Wildcats completing a worst-to-first turnaround in claiming the SEC Championship and hosting the first NCAA Regional in program history.

He spent the 2006-07 school year working as the media relations assistant at UK, handling baseball, rifle and assisting the football program under longtime UK football SID Tony Neely. In addition to his time at Kentucky, he has worked conference and NCAA championship events ranging from baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, volleyball and track and field. During the 2013 volleyball season, he served as the media coordinator for the first and second rounds and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at Memorial Coliseum. Ingram served as the official scorer for the 2009 and 2010 SEC Baseball Tournament and as the official scorer for the 2011 Lexington Softball NCAA Super Regional.

He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors Association of American (CoSIDA), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Annually, UKMR and Ingram’s publications are listed among the tops in the nation by CoSIDA, including the 2009 and 2016 Baseball Media Guide, which finished as the nation’s best. In 2010-11, the UK baseball poster – conceptualized by marketing director Nathan Schwake and creative director Kim Troxall – was named as the best poster among all of the NCAA’s spring sports.

Ingram, 33, is a native of Gainesville, Fla., and the son of Dr. Dewayne and Pat Ingram. He has a sister, Trisha Ingram Layow. Trisha and her husband Matt Layow, has three children, Cole Thomas (six) and twins Scarlett and Savannah (three).

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