KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island has named Mike Laprey Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Communications, announced today by Gregg Burke, Interim Director of Athletics.
"We're extremely fortunate to have Mike join the University of Rhode Island staff. He possesses all the attributes needed to be successful." Burke said. "He has a great work ethic, creates terrific working relationships with coaches and media and understands the technologies that will help us bring the good efforts of our student-athletes and programs to our fans, alumni and families."
"What I like best about Mike is that he is a native Rhode Islander who worked at a couple of terrific institutions, but came to the University of Rhode Island because this is his dream job." Burke added. "We're in very capable hands with Mike at the helm."
Laprey joins the Rhode Island staff after spending the previous year at MarquetteUniversity, in Milwaukee, Wisc. In that role, he was the primary media contact for the Golden Eagles' nationally ranked women's basketball, women's soccer, and cross country programs.
Prior to his time at Marquette, Laprey spent seven years at IonaCollege in New Rochelle, N.Y., elevating to the role of Associate AD/Athletic Communications. While at Iona, Laprey was in charge of all media relations efforts for the Gaels' 21 varsity sports, including serving as department spokesman and chief editor and publisher for all athletic publications and media releases. During the summer of 2003, he played an integral role in Iona's rebranding efforts, including helping develop a new logo and series of wordmarks, as well as a total revamping of the official athletics website. Laprey began his career as a media relations assistant with the BIG EAST Conference in 1997.
A native of Providence, Laprey is a 1997 graduate of FairfieldUniversity with a degree in economics and philosophy. He began his career as an undergraduate assistant in the Fairfield sports information office. He was a three-year letterman for the Stags cross country squad and was President and co-founder of the Fairfield University Track Club. He also served as head men's basketball manager for the Stags' 1995-96 NIT season and served in the same capacity for the women's team in 1996-97. He earned his master's degree in journalism at IonaCollege in 2003.