July 31, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations Mike Montoro has announced the employment of Jack Duggan as Associate Director of Media Relations, effective Aug. 1.
"I am excited that Jack has decided to come back and join the Golden Eagle family once again," Montoro said. "He brings a wealth of experience, has deep Southern Miss roots and is very committed to the advancement and the promotion of Golden Eagle athletics. Mike Martinez did an outstanding job, and he will be missed. However, we feel fortunate to get someone with Jack's experience to join our media relations staff."
He replaces Mike Martinez, who left to become the Director of Communications for the Southern Miss Foundation, after serving as the assistant director of media relations for the past three years and as a student assistant and graduate assistant for the three years prior to that.
Duggan, who brings more than 15 years of media relations experience, will handle the day-to-day media relation operation for the men's basketball and men's and women's golf programs, while assisting with football and a myriad of other activities within the media relations unit.
Duggan comes to Southern Miss after serving as the Sports Information and Media Relations Director at The University of New Orleans for the past three years. He supervised the media relations operation for the 15-sport athletics department with major emphasis on men's basketball and baseball. He oversaw the department's web site, produced media guides and event programs for the each of the department's sports and facilitated media coverage.
Prior to that, he spent time as the Media Relations Manager of the Huntsville Flight of the NBA Developmental League (2002-03), the Associate Sports Information Director at UAB (2000-01), the assistant director (1995-98) and the Sports Information Director (1998-2000) at Nicholls State and the Assistant Sports Information Director at Southeastern Louisiana (1993-95).
Duggan is a 1989 graduate of Southern Miss with a bachelor's degree in accounting and earned his master's degree in sport administration also at Southern Miss in 1991. While a student at Southern Miss, he was a member of the baseball team, before moving into media relations, serving as a student assistant and then as a graduate assistant.
Duggan, and his wife, Hilary, have twin daughters, Betty and Mary-Margaret, who were born in New Orleans the day after Hurricane Katrina hit Hattiesburg, the Gulf Coast and New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005.