"I was a fan of the site and when this opportunity came to get involved I jumped at the chance," Gossett said. "I love the coverage that the site provides and I think the staff does a terrific job. I am just excited to take things to the next level."
Gossett comes on board at the most successful time in the website's history. Subscriptions and traffic are at all time highs and the site is coming off the success of the Wildcat football team's best recruiting class and an influx of early verbal commitments to the basketball team.
"I am thrilled to have Scott come on board," said Editor-In-Chief Brad Allis. "He is aggressive and passionate about Wildcat sports and has great ties to the Wildcat community."
Cat Tracks has undergone several changes over the past few months behind the scenes. In early October the Avery Group, the owners of Wildcat Insider Magazine and cattracks.net, went under. Allis was named interim publisher of the site and he and football editor Chris Bonney ran it until investors could be found. Gossett soon agreed to come on board to round out the management team.
"Chris, Brad and I are basically equal partners in this venture," Gossett said. "They will continue to do what they do best, write about Wildcat sports. I will add my expertise in marketing and business in attempt to continue to improve the site."
Allis, 32, will continue to serve as Editor-In-Chief and handle the everyday operations of the site. Allis has been the Cat Tracks Editor since 2001. In addition to his role with the website, Allis co-hosts the UA football and basketball pre and post game shows. He has also written for the Tucson Citizen and the Associated Press, as well as several music websites.
Bonney, 28, will continue in his role as football editor. He joined the Cat Tracks staff in the fall of 2004 and added to their already standout football coverage. He has covered Wildcat football recruiting since 2003 and previously did work for the Prescott Valley Tribune.
"I have known Scott through the website for some time and have come to appreciate his passion as a fan and a businessman," Bonney said. "I am really excited because we all have a desire to continue to build this site."
Matt Messina will remain as a staff writer and video coordinator and Gossett expects to add to the staff as qualified personnel is identified.
"There are a lot of great talents out there waiting to be discovered," Gossett said. "I want us to be a place to tap into these new, young, exciting writers."
Cat Tracks will also strive to add to the benefit of premium membership. In the past year the site has added exciting new features such as audio and video interviews and are constantly looking for new and exciting features to add. Just last week the staff hosted a signing day party for premium members that was a rousing success. Expect more coverage of AAU basketball tournaments, football combines and the great national coverage that Scout.com provides. There are also great things on the way with Scout.com's acquisition by Fox Sports.
Although the magazine has folded, Cat Tracks has not ruled out expanding their reach beyond that of the internet.
"We'll investigate the best ways to provide information and entertainment to our subscribers," Allis said. "Print publications, video features and even a greater role in radio are all things that we are weighing."
"I think this is a killer time to be involved with this site," Bonney added. "I love what we are doing, but I think the best is yet to come."
Cat Tracks Staff:
Scott Gossett – President of Business Affairs
Brad Allis – Editor In-Chief
Chris Bonney – Football Editor
Matt Messina – Staff Writer/Video Editor