|Title:||Assistant Athletics Director for Communications (Administration, Football, Wrestling, Men's Golf, Outdoor Track & Field)|
|Previous College:||Kent State '10|
|Team:||Administration, Football, Wrestling, Men's Golf, Outdoor Track & Field|
Mike Ashcraft joined the Ohio University Intercollegiate Athletics staff in October of 2013. He is in his second year as Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations after serving the previous five as Director of Media Relations.
In his current capacity, Ashcraft handles the publicity efforts for the Bobcats' football, wrestling and men's golf programs.
Ashcraft has previously served as the primary media relations contact for Ohio's volleyball, men's basketball, baseball, soccer, field hockey, women's basketball, swimming & diving, softball and track & field programs. He coordinated the publicity efforts of Ohio softball's 2014 Mid-American Conference tournament championship and first NCAA Championship Regional appearance since 1995, the baseball team's 2015 MAC tournament championship and first NCAA Championship Regional appearance since 1997, the volleyball team''s 2014 perfect MAC regular season championship and 2015 MAC tournament crown and the men's basketball team's 2015-16 run to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational. He also served as the football program' secondary media relations contact, as the Bobcats earned a trip to the 2013 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Ashcraft arrived in Athens after spending the 2012-13 campaign at the University of Oklahoma.
Ashcraft is no stranger to the Mid-American Conference or the state of Ohio. Prior to his time at Oklahoma, Ashcraft spent two years serving as a post-graduate athletics communications intern at his Alma mater, Kent State University, after serving for four years as an undergraduate student assistant. During his time with the Golden Flashes, Ashcraft worked alongside Kent State's baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track & field, women's basketball, field hockey, gymnastics, softball and volleyball teams. He also assisted with game-day media relations operations for the football and men's basketball programs.
In two seasons working with the Kent State baseball program, Ashcraft directed the communications campaigns for the team's 2011 NCAA Championship Austin Regional finalist finish and the program's historic 2012 NCAA College World Series appearance. He also served as communications coordinator for Kent State gymnastics' historic NCAA Championship appearance in 2011, an event in which the Golden Flashes hosted at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland and Ashcraft served as the official scorer.
Ashcraft graduated from Kent State in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in public relations. During his time as student at Kent State, Ashcraft volunteered as a media relations press box assistant for the Cleveland Browns in 2007 and '08 in addition to volunteering with the conference office at the 2008 MAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championships. He also enjoyed a stint as a freelance sportswriter for the local newspaper in his hometown of Latrobe, Pa. He covered local high school and amateur sports, American Legion baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College for the Latrobe Bulletin from 2003-10.
Ashcraft is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Ashcraft resides in Athens.