GREENWOODInd. – Arizona State Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Doug Tammaro received one of the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 25+ Year Achievement Awards, the organization announced Thursday.
The award is given to CoSIDA members who have completed 25 years or more in the sports information profession (as of July 2020). Having started as Director of Sports Information in 1991, Tammaro’s knowledge and experience in the field is almost unrivalled, one of only 19 people to win the exclusive accolade this year. He is in the middle of his 29th year as a media relations staff member at Arizona State.
The recognition comes after Tammaro was named Best Director of Sports Information at the NCAA Division I level as part of CoSIDA’s weeklong special awards announcement. This award is given annually to the associate or deputy director in the field of sports information who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of sports information. Some of the biggest names in the industry have earned this outstanding achievement since 2014-15, with Tammaro’s name fittingly added to the list.
“Doug Tammaro has been known to be one of ASU’s most loyal and dedicated employees for nearly 30 years,” the Senior Deputy Director of Media Relations said. mark mark declared. “He is widely known in the industry for his hard work and love of people, his knowledge of his craft and his wit in the line of duty. Doug always says ‘you have to care’ and he lives and breathes this mantra each and every day. As evidenced by this prestigious award, Doug is highly respected by his peers. ASU has been fortunate to have him at the helm for nearly three decades. And beyond his professional career , he is the accomplished family man to his wife Stephanie and daughters Arianna and Miquela.”
Since joining Sun Devil Athletics in 1993, Tammaro has promoted his programs in innovative and unique ways. Known for his humility, work ethic and sense of humor, Tammaro has built relationships throughout his career that have allowed him to be associated with some of the biggest events and most important causes.
“Congratulation to Doug Tammaro for this tremendous and well-deserved honor,” Vice President of Varsity Athletics Ray Anderson remark. “We thank him for being a defender for Sun Devil Athletics over the past 25 years. A lot has changed in that time, but Doug’s passion and work ethic have never wavered. We are lucky to have him in our Sun Devil. Athletics family.”
Tammaro currently handles all duties as media relations contact for men’s basketball and men’s golf, while also being in charge of a hugely successful student internship program. He also assesses and manages a team of six SID Assistants under the direction of Sr. Associate AD for Media Relations. mark mark.
He has been a member of the NCAA Final Four Communications Committee since 2005, one of the few media relations directors to work directly with student-athletes and coaches each year at the Final Four venue. When the Final Four was hosted in Phoenix in 2017, Tammaro was the host media coordinator representing Arizona State.
Tammaro also manages football qualifying and parking for home games while working closely with the program, having previously served as a secondary contact before moving to men’s basketball. During the 1996 Rose Bowl season, Tammaro was one of the SID assistants, helping handle media coordination for one of the most popular teams in program history. He traveled to the Heisman Trophy ceremonies with legendary quarterback Jake Plummer. A sign of his impact on this team is the countless friendships he has with the members of this team.
One team member in particular stood out to Tammaro (and everyone who knew him), 1997 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Pat Tillman. Tammaro and Tillman built and nurtured a friendship, with Tammaro heavily involved in establishing the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2004. The Foundation has been extremely successful in its mission to unite and empower outstanding military service members, veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. For more information on the Foundation, visit the following link.
He is also a founding member of Pat’s Run, the primary fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation’s Tillman Scholars Program. Since its inception 18 years ago, the event has grown globally, with local versions of the 4.2km race appearing all over the world on the same day as Tempe. For more information on how to register, volunteer or support Pat’s Run, visit the following link.
Tammaro was the SID responsible for promoting one of the most popular figures in Sun Devil Athletics history, in charge of publicizing the 2008 and 2009 Sun Devil men’s basketball teams. James Harden emerged on the national scene , with his rise to fame earning him a selection with the No. 3 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
The news comes shortly after it was announced. Senior Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations mark mark would be inducted into the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame. They will both be honored for their two accomplishments at the 2022 CoSIDA National Convention in Las Vegas, which will be held June 26-29 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Brand and Tammaro have been responsible for developing and mentoring hundreds of young professionals. The duo have built one of the most impressive “coaching trees” in the country. Visit this link for more information on former staff and students who have passed through Sun Devil’s media relations office and been impacted by Tammaro.
Prior to his time at Arizona State, Tammaro worked for CoSIDA Hall of Famer Roger Valdiserri at the University of Notre Dame. For the 1992 season, he was a sports information assistant working with head coach Lou Holtz and future NFL players Rick Mirer, Jerome Bettis, Tom Carter, Irv Smith and Paul Failla. Prior to his move to Notre Dame, Tammaro spent a year in Cincinnati, where he had his first hosting experience in the NCAA playoffs. He was the media contact in the first round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio for men’s basketball, then worked for the Final Four in Minneapolis.
Tammaro and his wife, Stephanie, live in the valley and have two daughters. Their eldest, Arianna, is a freshman on the Lake Erie College softball team. Their youngest daughter, Miquela, is a member of the Corona Del Sol High School softball team.