Mercyhurst’s Media Day has always been a day for athletes to look forward to. When looking at the pictures taken of all the athletes from the university, you are able to see the pride and confidence that they hold for having the ability to play a sport they love.
In previous years Mercyhurst media day has provided head shots, posed action shots, and GIFs for the student athletes. This year however the athletics department decided to step up the involvement.
In addition, the athletics department also included a brief personal interview with each and every student athlete.
The interview included questions for the student athletes such as where they are from, why they chose their major, information about their sport and why they chose Mercyhurst.
Although there have been many changes on campus due to COVID, Mercyhurst did not let that interfere with giving student athletes a stellar media day experience.
Due to the amount of student athletes on cam-pus, Mercyhurst has had to make some adjustments to how media day was set up this year.
“Media day requires a lot of planning, communication, and staffing, especially with over 750 student athletes,” said Allison Brace, director of Club Sports.
“First, we decided on a location that would allow us to have multiple student athletes at the same time, while socially distancing. The new locker rooms were the perfect set up [located in the ice rink].”
Media day will take place across multiple weeks this year, allowing for proper social distancing procedures to be in effect during the activities.
A strong emphasis was placed on communication with the sports teams to allow for all athletes to have the chance to participate.
“We needed to narrow in on dates and what teams would be coming on what days and which time slot. Here is where the communication is key.”
Director of Social Media and Digital Media Marketing, Haleigh Giebel, worked with all 26 coaches to individually schedule every student athlete for each team.
This calendar consist-ed of daily time slots, from 9am-4pm, for three straight weeks.
With everything set up for the activities, it was then time to brief the student athletes on how the activities would be taking place.
“We communicated to each student athlete what they needed to wear, bring, and be prepared for at media day, since this year we added a few changes,” said Brace.
“As for our own staff, we needed to strategically place them in areas where we could run media days with precision. Our staff is well versed in the criteria needed for media day, and so this piece was pretty easy.”
With media days taking place over three weeks, a ton of effort has been placed on making sure the student athletes get the media day experience they have come to know and love.
While much has changed for athletics this year, careful planning al-lows the teams to unite and remember that there are more enjoyable moments to come.
“It’s the long days that make the job challenging at times, although we al-ways say, seeing the happiness media day brings to student athletes makes it all worth it,” said Brace.