GORHAM, Maine - The University of Southern Maine's Athletics Department has announced the hiring of Olivia Holbrook as the Athletic Communications Assistant and Digital Media Coordinator.
This new role is a two year position supported by the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant, which is awarded to select Division III institutions in an effort to increase ethnic minority and gender representation within intercollegiate athletic administration positions. The University of Southern Maine was one of 43 Division III programs selected as a recipient of the grant. Funding from the grant supports professional development of the hiree and their two year salary.
"We're very excited to be the recipient of the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant for the next two years," said Athletic Director Al Bean. "This grant is highly sought after and extremely competitive; having someone on our campus serving in this role will most certainly impact our Athletics Department in a positive way and also directly supports our institutional goal of equity and inclusion."
Holbrook holds a degree in Political Science from Wellesley College, where she was a four-year member of the Wellesley Crew team. During her time at Wellesley, Holbrook served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as the Public Relations Officer and President, working closely with department administrators on the organization and promotion of a multitude of events.
"I'm excited to work alongside Olivia to help grow and maintain the department's digital footprint," said Christina Cracolici, Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations. "Her experiences as a student-athlete as well as her various leadership roles during her time as an undergraduate at Wellesley College have given her a solid foundation to be a tremendous asset to Huskies' athletics."
Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Holbrook served as a varsity student-athlete representative on the Friends of Wellesley College Athletics National Committee, an alumnae group dedicated to the growth and continued success of Wellesley's athletic programs. Additionally, Holbrook worked at the Wellesley College Alumnae Association and was involved in both direct outreach to alumnae and the planning and execution of events for Wellesley College's annual alumnae weekend.
"I couldn't be more excited to join the department," said Holbrook. "I look forward to working with and learning from administrators, coaches, and student-athletes in an effort to continue to elevate University of Southern Maine Athletics."
In her role at the University of Southern Maine, Holbrook will assist in all phases of a 22-sport NCAA Division III Intercollegiate program, including video and multimedia production, social media engagement, graphic design, game-day management, press releases, website management, marketing and promotions, publications, and other duties as assigned.