Sports Communications Reshuffled

Three changes within the sports communications office at West Virginia University were announced today by Deputy Director of Athletics Mike Parsons.

Michael Fragale, a 19-year member of the WVU athletic staff, was named Assistant Athletic Director for Communications. He will oversee the sports information operations as well as coordinate the content of WVU's sports publications, broadcast properties and the Internet. He will continue to be involved in media relations for football.

A Flemington, W.Va., native, Fragale served the past four years as director of communications for athletics. He began his career in Morgantown as an associate sports information director (1988), before moving his way into the broadcasting/advertising manager position (1991).

Fragale was a graduate assistant for two years and student assistant for one year while at WVU. He holds two degrees from WVU: a bachelor's degree in journalism (1986) and a master's degree in sport management (1988). He and his wife Kate have one son, Anthony.

Bryan Messerly has been named Sports Information Director. Messerly will continue to be the primary media contact for men's basketball as well as manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the sports information office.

Messerly spent the last seven years (2000-07) as WVU's associate sports information director following a three-year stint at Virginia Tech.

A Weirton, W.Va., native, Messelry also worked in the sports communications office as a graduate assistant from 1995-97, and as a student assistant from 1991-1995. He earned two degrees from WVU: a bachelor's degree in business administration/finance (1995) and a master's degree in sport management (1997). He and his wife April have one son, Judd.

Mike Montoro has been named Director of Football Communications. Montoro, formerly associate athletic director for media relations at Southern Mississippi, will be the primary media contact for the WVU football program.

Montoro spent seven years (2000-07) at Southern Mississippi rising from director of media relations to associate athletic director. He also spent one year at Virginia Tech (2000) as an assistant sports information director and four years at Liberty University (1995-99) as sports information director and assistant athletic director for media relations. He also worked as sports information director at Brescia University (1994) for one year.

A Westminster, Md., native, Montoro earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Liberty University (1990) and a master's degree in sport management from West Virginia University (1994). He served as a graduate assistant in the sports communications office at WVU for two years.

"We have taken the opportunity to reorganize the sports information operations in order to be more responsive to the changing demands of the office," says Parsons. "Michael and Bryan are true professionals who have done an outstanding job during their combined 35 years at West Virginia.

"We welcome Mike Montoro back to West Virginia to focus on football after serving seven years at a major Division I program. His roots provide him with a strong familiarity to the Mountaineer program and the West Virginia media. And his recent experiences will keep the door open to the national media."

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