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ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Contact Information
Athletic Communications
The University of Texas at Arlington
UTA Box 19079
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: (817) 272-2261
Fax: (817) 272-5037

UT ARLINGTON ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
The primary purpose of the UT Arlington Athletic Communications office is to serve as a contact between UT Arlington athletics' administration, coaches and student-athletes and the local, state and national media.

UT Arlington student-athletes and coaches work closely with the athletic communications staff in servicing media requests. In addition to coordinating press conferences and interviews, the office compiles and presents accurate information to the media on the UT Arlington athletics program utilizing its website, press releases, game notes, information guides, e-mails and phone calls.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS STAFF:

ART GARCIA 
Assistant Athletics Director for Communications 
Contact for: Men's Basketball, Baseball, Men's Golf
Office: (817) 272-2239
Cell: (817) 797-8379 
Email: artgarcia@uta.edu

MELISSA CEBOLD
Assistant Athletic Communications Director
Contact for: Women's Basketball, Softball, M & W Tennis, Volleyball
Office: (817) 272-7168
Cell: (214) 240-8350
Email: mcebold@uta.edu

MICHAEL ELDRIDGE
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant
Secondary Contact for: Baseball, Softball
Office: (817) 272-9588
Email: michael.eldridge@mavs.uta.edu

MEDIA INTERVIEW REQUESTS
Media wanting to interview UT Arlington student-athletes, coaches or staff must contact the athletic communications office, which will arrange the interview.

The best time to conduct interviews with student-athletes is after practice sessions, which vary by team, as do rules for interviewing at each team's practice. Please check with the appropriate athletic communications staff member about a specific sport.

Media that attend a practice session are asked to keep their distance from the action and not to talk to student-athletes or coaches while practice is occurring. Team meetings before, during or after practice are private and not accessible to the media.

Interviews will be arranged around the student-athletes or coach's schedule. Phone numbers of student-athletes will not be released to the media, and media should never attempt to call student-athletes or coaches at home or on their mobile phones.

It is requested that media give the athletic communications office enough advanced warning when they want to (a) arrange an interview or (b) attend a practice. Last-minute interview requests cannot be guaranteed to be honored.

Post-game interviews following home contests are also handled through the athletic communications office. After a 10-minute cooling off period, coaches and selected student-athletes will be brought to the designated interview area for that sport. Locker rooms following contests are closed to the media.

The athletic communications office will do everything to respect the requests of the media and it is expected that the media respect the policies set forth by the Athletic Communications office.

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