YSU’s Parks has little time for recreation in fall
By Greg Gulas
A typical day for YSU sports information director Trevor Parks might involve writing a press release, perhaps working on a media guide, updating a record book or simply making sure that the media is informed of the happenings within the athletic department.
Now in his 17th year of disseminating information to the press and electronic media for 19 programs, fall is one of his busiest times for Parks.
Speaking to the Curbstone Coaches during Monday’s weekly luncheon session at Avion Banquet Center, Parks noted that this week will be one the busiest for his staff.
“Volleyball is home to the University of Illinois-Chicago on Friday while [the] swimming and diving [team] plays host to three-time defending league champion Oakland on Saturday,” Parks said.
Parks said the women’s bowling team makes its debut as a program this weekend when at Kutztown State University’s Bud Whitman Memorial Classic.
As for football, the Penguins return to Stambaugh Stadium with some much needed momentum.
“Each game from here on out is a big game for our team and this week we play Northern Iowa on Football Alumni Day,” Parks said. “It’s a game that will honor our 1991, Division I-AA national championship squad.
“The white stripe and ‘Y’ on the players’ helmets will be replaced with silver ones in order to commemoration the silver anniversary of that title,” Parks said. “It’s always a great time when former players return to the campus.”
Parks also noted that the Penguins’ men’s cross country teams is having another excellent season.
“Our men’s team is currently ranked eighth in the Great Lakes Region, ahead of both Ohio State and Notre Dame,” Parks said. “We’re the top-ranked program in the state as we get ready for the Horizon League Championships on Oct. 29.”
Parks drew attention to several changes within the department over the past year.
“YSU has now taken over video production of all athletic events,” he said. “Previously, we did not do football nor did we do basketball.
“We’ll now have 18 fall productions, 28 basketball games, 18 softball games, the Horizon League Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field Championships plus some baseball games and possibly a few swimming and diving competitions, which will be shown on ESPN3,” Parks said. “It’s going to be a great learning opportunity while giving our students and staff a chance to produce over 70 home sporting events on the Internet.”
The addition of the Don Constantini Multimedia Center, announced this past June, also excites Parks.
“This multimedia center will enhance Stambaugh Stadium and dramatically change the look of the East Side stands,” Parks said. “There will be a full-time production studio for use by the YSU communications department, to be used for coach’s shows, student-athlete interviews and a variety of other department programs. We’re also looking at moving our offices into the complex.”