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The University of Akron Department of Athletics
Speakers Bureau

<<  Akron Athletics Speakers Bureau Request Form in PDF Format (for Faxing)

Welcome to The University of Akron Athletics Speakers Bureau. In support of the mission of the Department of Athletics the Athletics Speakers Bureau has been formed as a community outreach program, with the intent to make it easier for groups and organizations to have members of the department speak at their events with no cost to the organization.

We have a number of coaches and administrators available for your next non-profit meeting, event or fundraiser. Speakers are available to discuss not only specific intercollegiate athletic programs, but also the behind-the-scenes aspects of Division I Intercollegiate Athletics.

Due to NCAA rules, the Akron Athletics Department may NOT accept requests from or which will benefit the following groups:

- High Schools- Preparatory Schools
- Junior Colleges
- Youth athletics organizations that include prospects or other organizations that include young people defined by the NCAA as a prospect young people in grades nine and up who have yet to enroll full-time in a university) or their teachers or coaches.

If you would like to request a Zips coach or staff member to speak at your next event, simply click here to fill out an online version of the request form (also linked at the top of this article) or fax in a printable PDF request form (also linked at the top of this article). Please submit your request four weeks prior to the date of your event. You will be notified within one week from the date your request is received.

Please review the list of speakers to the right side of the screen.


  Akron Athletics Administration
  Larry Williams Director of Athletics
  Mary Lu Gribschaw
Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA
  George Van Horne
Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development & Marketing
  Anne Jorgensen
Associate Athletics Director, Student-Athlete Academic Services
  Paul Hammond
Associate Athletics Director, Facilities and Operations
  Mike Rodriguez
Associate Athletics Director, Business
  Cathy Bongiovi
Assistant Athletics Director, Communications

Akron Head Coaches
  Tom Hanna
Volleyball
  Terry Bowden Football
  Keith Dambrot Men's Basketball
  Newt Engle Rifle
  Julie Jones Softball
  Lee Labadie
Cross Country
  Jodi Kest Women's Basketball
  Jenny King Women's Golf
  Brian Peresie
Swimming & Diving
  Dennis Mitchell Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field
  Brandon Padgett Tennis
  Noreen Herlihy
Women's Soccer
  Jared Embick
Men's Soccer
  David Trainor Men's Golf