Growing up, I always took a strong interest in art and sports. Spending countless hours drawing pictures of my favorite athletes and mailing them out in hopes for autographs. Around the age of 13 my older brother Ben, who is the creative director at Westcott photography lighting, suggested I start to make the switch from pencil and paper to the digital world. He hooked me up with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and that's where my design career began.
A few months after I graduated high school I joined Haas-Jordan Umbrellas in Toledo, Ohio as a production artist intern. I ended up working at Haas-Jordan until I graduated college from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in visual communication technology. In nearly five years with Haas-Jordan I had worked my way up to the head graphic designer title, where I created an entirely new visual identity for the company, created all product catalogs, ran the social media accounts and created all digital and print ads.
My career in athletics began in 2014 when I started a summer internship with the University of Toledo Athletic Department. I continued to freelance with the Rockets until 2016 when I joined them as the Assistant Director of Creative Services. In this role I served as the only designer for all 15 varsity sports and created a strong visual identity that was carried across every sport for each calendar year. This brand was represented in all marketing materials, social media, print media, billboards, signage, tickets, digital marketing, and more. I was also responsible for sideline photography at all home/road football games, and all home men's and women's basketball games, as well as coordinating studio photoshoots with all varsity sports each year.
After nearly three years with the Rockets, I joined Mel Tucker and the new staff with the University of Colorado as the football graphic designer. I was responsible for all social media content, recruiting graphics, National Signing Day content, fundraising booklets, and in-house graphics. I also served as the team’s only traveling photographer for all road games and handled photography for practices, workouts, recruit photo shoots, and studio shoots with the current team.
When Mel Tucker was named as the head coach of Michigan State University, I received an invite to join the staff as the creative director of the football team. In this role I oversee and lead the creative team to assure that all of our projects are finished on time and fit within our brand guidelines. Our creative department includes two full-time graphic designers, two full-time videographers, and two student designers. With my background being primarily in graphic design and photography, I typically serve as the lead on all design projects and assure that everything we are creating fits strongly into our brand guidelines. I also handle most photography at all home/road games, practices, workouts, and studio photoshoots.
On the side, I began an ongoing freelance gig with USA Water Polo in December 2019. I work with them to create marketing material for membership drives, water polo camps, website content, logos, brochures, email marketing, and apparel.
Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Science in Technology
Visual communication technology major
Class of 2016