Iowa Athletic Communications

Media requiring assistance when reporting on the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Iowa work with Assistant Athletics Director, athletic communications Steve Roe, associate directors Matthew Weitzel and James Allan, assistant directors Hannah Ossman, Sam Basler, Bailey Turner and Traci Wagner, and UI athletics director of photography Brian Ray and assistant director of photography Stephen Mally.

Roe was named Director of Athletic Communications in July, 2011, after serving as interim director for one year. He joined the Hawkeye staff in 1990 and was named associate director in 1997. The Iowa City native earned his bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University and his master’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University. Steve and his wife, Janet, have a daughter, Nike, and a son, James, two granddaughters, Teagan (18) and Lydia (9), and a grandson, Jack (12).

Wagner is in her 24th year as an assistant after previously serving as a student assistant for four years and as an intern for two years. A native of Iowa Falls, Wagner earned her bachelor’s degree in 1997 with a double major in journalism and communication studies. Traci and her husband, Jason, have a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Sydney.

Weitzel was named associate director in July, 2012, after serving as assistant director since 1998. Weitzel graduated from the University of Iowa in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, with an emphasis in business. The native of Mundelein, Illinois, was a student in the sports information office for three years. He and his wife, Carrie, have a two-year old son, Grey, and an infant daughter, Owen Rose.

Allan was named associate director of content in 2016 following seven years as a full-time assistant. It is Allan’s second stint in the office, as he served as a student assistant from 2000-04. Allan returned to Iowa City after serving as the sports information director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2005-10, and as the athletics media relations intern at Texas Christian University in 2004-05. The Hampton, Iowa, native earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa in May, 2004. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have four children, Jonathan, Will, Eleanor and Olivia.

Ossman joined the full-time staff in August 2019, after assisting for a year in the department as an intern. The Farmington, Illinois, native earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism and master’s degree in sport management from Northern Illinois University. There, she worked in the Athletic Communications department as a student assistant and graduate assistant. Hannah has an infant son, Elias.

Basler is in his first year as a fulltime staff member after serving as an intern for one year and as a student assistant for two years. He previously was a student assistant in the sports information department at Gonzaga University (2018-19). The West Des Moines native earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Gonzaga and his master’s degree in sport and recreation management from Iowa.

Turner was named assistant director of communications in 2022. It is Turner’s second time in the office, as he served as a student assistant from 2017-20. Turner returned to Iowa City after serving as an assistant director at North Texas from 2021-22, and as an athletic communications assistant at Middle Tennessee. The Boone, Iowa, native earned his bachelor’s degree in sports and recreation management from the University of Iowa in 2020.

Ray joined the UI athletics department in December, 2013, as serves as the athletics department director of photography. Ray previously was the Iowa City chief photographer and senior visual journalist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and is a Davenport, Iowa native. Ray earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa in journalism and psychology in 2002. Brian and his wife, Joanna, have a son, Boston, and a daughter, Joslynn.

Mally is in his fourth year as assistant director of photography for the athletics department. Prior to joining the Hawkeye staff Stephen was a staff photographer at the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Athletic Communications Office

Mailing Address
S300 Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1020
Phone: (319) 335-9411

Baseball Basketball (M) Basketball (W)
Contact: Sam Basler
Contact: Matt Weitzel
Contact: Bailey Turner
M/W Cross Country Field Hockey Football
Contact: John Leo
Contact: Sydney Weber
Contact: Steve Roe
Golf (M) Golf (W) Gymnastics (W)
Contact: Jack Bacon
Contact: Duncan Shay
Contact: Abby Wisecup
Rowing Soccer Softball
Contact: Jaren Nelson
Contact: Jack Bacon
Contact: Leandra Jew
Swimming & Diving (W) Tennis (W) Track & Field
Contact: Jaren Nelson
Contact: Teagan Schreiber
Contact: Hannah Ossman
Volleyball Men’s Wrestling Women’s Wrestling
Contact: Hannah Ossman; Claire Kelly;
Contact: James Allan
Contact: Sam Basler

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James Allan (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications, 2004)/Associate Director, University of Iowa Athletic Communications
Megan (Rowley) Althoff (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications; B.A., Theatre Arts, 2015)/Director, Communications, Big Ten Conference
Megan Becker (B.A., Communication Studies; B.A., Sports Studies, 2010)/Account Coordinator, Stumm Insurance
Bob Beghtol (B.A, Journalism & Mass Communications, 1991)/Senior Director of Media Relations, Chicago White Sox
Aaron Blau (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications; B.A., Sports Studies, 2007)/Director of Digital Engagement, Stamats Communications
Austin Bramley (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications, 2017) Project Director, Sioux Falls Sports Authority
Chris Brewer (B.A., English, 2004)/Communications Manager, University of Iowa
Brandee Britt (B.S., Journalism & Mass Communications; B.S., Sports Studies, 2015)/Director, University of Iowa Athletics Social Media and Digital Strategy
Rick Brown (B.A., Journalism, 1976; M.A., Journalism, 1977)/Retired from 38-year career at Des Moines Register; reporter, Principal Charity Classic, reporter, Hawkeye Nation
Jordan Bucher (B.B.A., Marketing, 2016)/Associate Director of Member Relations, Mortgage Bankers Association
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Seth Goodman (B.S., Sports and Recreation Management, 2019)
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