Michael Stambaugh
Michael Stambaugh
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Joining the Roadrunners staff in December 2022 as the Associate Athletics Communications Director, Michael Stambaugh brings the external team a plethora of experience at the Division I FBS, FCS and Division II levels in administration, media relations, social media, marketing and branding. Taking up his fourth post at a minority-serving institution, Stambaugh arrives following a brief stint at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.
Serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications with the Alcorn Braves, Stambaugh reunited with former colleagues (Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications) Bryan Harvey and (Director of Athletics) Raynoid Dedeaux. His focus was on increasing digital innovation and social media strategy, as well as revitalizing operational protocols in communications and serving as the primary contact for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. During his time on The Reservation, Stambaugh spearheaded the effort to reconnect Alcorn with College Sports Communicators (formerly CoSIDA), and help the Braves garner their first Academic All-District honorees since 2002 with an all-time haul of eight winners across women’s soccer, volleyball and football. He also took lead on redeveloping game graphics for the basketball and football teams and introduced new methods for social media story engagement, referral and analytics.
Wedged between athletics roles, Stambaugh aimed his skill set toward public service while directing external communications for workforce development efforts in Broward County Florida as the Senior Communications Manager at CareerSource Broward (CSBD). While leading the agency’s external team, Stambaugh guided the public relations, social media, marketing, branding and advertising outreach efforts spanning the employment needs of Broward’s population of 1.9 million during a time of crucial employment rebuilding and community outreach – promoting numerous governmental education and assistance  programs with community outreach to both workers and county employers.
Prior to CSBD, Stambaugh served a three-year stint at Nova Southeastern University in a senior leadership position as the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, Digital Strategy and Marketing. He steered the Sharks’ communications, creative media and streaming teams, while assisting in oversight for the marketing of NSU’s 16 NCAA programs. Arriving in Davie with a baseball focus, NSU presented the opportunity to work with the Sharks’ nationally-recognized program, and coaches Greg Brown (now Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach) and Laz Gutierrez. Stambaugh was also the primary women’s tennis contact, promoting a Sharks’ squad that elevated their status to a perennial top-5 program. In his time covering NSU, Stambaugh had the privilege of covering two-time Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year (2019, 2021) Doug Neagle, ITA South Region Rookie of the Year and three-time All-American Natalie Espinal and the top-ranked doubles pair in NCAA Division II (Espinal/Sarah Wardenburg). Stambaugh was also the primary contact for NSU’s track, cross country and women’s rowing programs.
Making a point of emphasis toward investing time into competing for player honors, Stambaugh’s communications team was able to increase both CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America honorees by 300 percent during his time with the Sharks. In addition, he was at the forefront of establishing high-quality video board and streaming production through the creation of a partnership with the Television Production Technology program at McFatter Technical College in Davie. Under Stambaugh’s guidance, the Sharks launched a new era of multimedia coverage through the implementation of technology from BlueFrame (streaming), StatBroadcast (live stats) and signing an annual deal with APM (music licensing).
Stambaugh arrived at NSU from one of the nation's most recognizable programs, serving the prior three and a half years as an Assistant Media Relations Director at the University of Hawai'i, where daily coordination with media was a necessity in covering the state's largest NCAA athletics program. At Hawai'i, Stambaugh was the primary media contact for the baseball program in the formidable Big West Conference, as well as track and field, water polo and as a secondary football contact. As UH Athletics' primary Social Media Coordinator, Stambaugh also provided oversight to the 56 Rainbow Warrior and Rainbow Wahine social accounts.
During his tenure at UH, Stambaugh also spent time managing publicity efforts for women's basketball, beach volleyball and swimming and diving. Serving a significant role with football, he wrote features, assisted heavily with practice coverage, media interview opportunities and coordinated the team's social media footprint. Across a three-season stretch at UH, he developed innovative video-based graphics for all Rainbow Warrior football signees. While at UH, Stambaugh worked directly with current Indianapolis Colts starting punter Rigoberto Sanchez, as well as Jahlani Tavai of the New England Patriots, John Ursua of the Seattle Seahawks and Marcus Kemp of the Kansas City Chiefs. He also had the opportunity to work two seasons with Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Josh Rojas.
Spending much of his career to date in the Sunshine State, Stambaugh started his career with a seven-year stint in Daytona Beach at Bethune-Cookman University. He worked his way from Assistant Sports Information Director to Associate Director of Athletic Communications, and served a term as Interim Sports Information Director for over two years.
During his time with the Wildcats, he publicized nine different sports, most notably the nationally-ranked football and perennial postseason participant baseball teams. He played a key role in technological improvements in the BCU media relations practices, aiding in the introduction of video features to the athletics website that would later develop into the award-winning CatEye Network. He was also the driving force behind initiating BCU's social media presence, which grew from a single Facebook account to a robust digital communications program with a full complement of accounts.
Throughout his career in athletic communications, Stambaugh has had the opportunity to work with exceptional coaches and student-athletes, including 11 conference Coach of the Year honorees and 11 conference Players of the Year. Some of his earliest prominent student athletes were BCU's first track and field Indoor/Outdoor National Champion and later Olympian Ronnie Ash, Olympian Joel Redhead, second-round MLB Draft selection Peter O'Brien and NFL defensive end Ryan Davis. Over the years, he has also publicized the careers of 20 All-Americans, 16 MLB Draft picks, seven NFL Draft picks and numerous NFL free agents, 10 CoSIDA (now College Sports Communicators) Academic All-Americans, 26 CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees, a Gold Glove awardee and two NCAA Elite 90 Award winners.
Raised in Eastern Kansas, Stambaugh cut his teeth in athletics working in operations and promotions with the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League and in the football video coordinator's office at the University of Kansas. He developed skills in media relations, integrated marketing communications and administration while earning two degrees at Kansas: a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication and a Master of Science in Sport Studies (Management).

Married to the former Jey Jones, the couple have two sons, Kieran (born June 2018 in Honolulu) and Donovan (born January 2023 in San Antonio), dog Jack and cat Java.