|Title:||Sports Information Director|
Ryan S. Gasser enters his second season as the sports information director at King College after becoming a Tornado on Aug. 1, 2011. He oversees the official website of Tornado Athletics (KingTornado.com), manages gameday operations and media requests, coordinates the live web streaming for home events, and tends to the athletic statistics and archives for King’s 24 athletic programs. He also assists in the marketing and social media strategies for athletics.
Gasser spent the last two years as a graduate assistant in the Bowling Green State University Athletic Communications office where he oversaw the media relations and gameday operations aspects of Falcons hockey and baseball. While at BGSU, he was involved with one of only 64 NCAA Division I varsity hockey teams that competed against nationally-renown institutions such as Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.
He was involved in promotions that welcomed the return of prestigious alumni including 1980 “Miracle on Ice” team member and Olympic gold medalist Ken Morrow as well as National Hockey League broadcaster Dr. Mike “Doc” Emrich. While working with the BGSU hockey team, he organized the media needs for multiple home and away national television broadcasts that aired on Fox Sports Detroit and ComCast.
After working as a volunteer student assistant for the BGSU Athletic Department over a four-year span, Gasser was promoted to main Athletic Communications contact of BGSU hockey while assisting with the day-to-day operations with the remaining 17 athletic programs. He served that role until the beginning of his next adventure that returned him to his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.
In January 2009, Gasser began an internship with Youngstown State University that allowed him to work with all 16 athletic programs. He was heavily involved in the gameday operations for Penguin basketball and jumpstarted the broadcasting effort for YSU baseball and softball, providing internet radio coverage of all home games for both programs which continues today.
While studying Sports Management at BGSU, Gasser was a four-year member of the Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization (BGRSO), a student managed and operated organization that provided radio coverage for a majority of the University’s athletic programs on two different networks (WBGU-FM, WFAL Falcon Radio). He worked his way up through the ranks from a regular talk show contributor and intermission host to play-by-play and color analyst for Falcon football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball before dipping into hockey as a graduate assistant.
As he advanced in the organization, Gasser was elected to positions of “On the Line” Show Director, Sales Director, interim treasurer, and finally served as the organization’s president in 2007-08. Over his four years spent with the BGRSO membership increased by nearly five times what it had been in 2004 when he entered the organization and he maintained the BGRSO’s flagship coverage of Falcon women’s basketball and hockey. He also led the way to bring Falcon softball onto the radio airwaves for the first time in school history with the group’s first broadcast in 2007 while experimenting with volleyball and soccer. Gasser worked alongside current Indiana Hoosier women’s basketball head coach and six-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Curt Miller while they made their run to multiple MAC championships and appearances at the NCAA Tournament as well as legendary MAC baseball coach Danny Schmitz.
Prior to joining the BGRSO, Gasser had a stint with the University student newspaper (The BGNews) as a general sports beat reporter. He was also a music and sports radio show host on one of the University’s student-run networks, WFAL Falcon Radio.
Gasser graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and minored in Telecommunications in 2009. He returned and received his master’s degree in Athletic Administration in 2011. Gasser is an alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma chapter and is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He currently resides in Bristol, Tenn. and is a native of Hubbard, Ohio.