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Giardina Named Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs

May 20, 2010

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick announced Thursday that Frank Giardina has been named Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs.

His responsibilities will include overseeing marketing, promotions, game/event presentations, ticketing, sports information, radio and television, the M-Club and serve as the athletic department liaison to ISP Sports.

"I am pleased to have Frank return to Marshall in this new role," Hamrick said. "Frank has tremendous experience and is a Marshall guy. His background and passion for Marshall Athletics will make him a great asset to our department as we move forward."

Giardina has more than 30 years of experience in college athletics and sports radio and television. He also has served as a host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Sports Spectrum" since 2005. Prior to working with Sports Spectrum, he was director of marketing and promotions/coordinator of radio and television at Penn State University for more than 17 years.

"This is a very important and exciting time for Marshall Athletics," Giardina said. "It is crucial that all of our fans and alumni are involved in helping to move this program forward. As a state native, I understand the significant role that college athletics plays in the lives of the people in West Virginia. Marshall Athletics is important to the morale of our state and the region and I am excited to have this opportunity to contribute."

He also served as the radio play-by-play voice of the East Carolina Pirates in 1986 and 1987 and the radio play-by-play voice at Marshall from 1977 to 1986. In addition, he did AAA baseball in Charleston (W.Va.) from 1977 to 1981 and television play-by-play for the Cincinnati Reds cable network in 1982.

In addition to broadcasting at Marshall, he served at various times as the assistant sports information director and director of marketing.

Giardina is a 1976 graduate of Marshall with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism. He and his wife Cindy, a 1979 Marshall graduate, reside in Hurricane and have five children.