Michaela Benford joined the Rhode Island staff in the summer of 2016. She currently serves as the primary contact for women’s soccer, men's and women's cross country, women's basketball and men's and women's track & field.
A native of Wakefield, R.I. Benford handles many day-to-day media relations duties, including coordinating interviews between student-athletes, coaches and media, creating content for GoRhody.com, maintaining game notes for media and assisting with gameday/event operations.
Benford came to URI after interning within the athletic operations department at Brown University. Prior to that, she was working with the University of Notre Dame in their media relations department. She also worked the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship first and second rounds hosted by the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. in March of 2016
Benford is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University where she earned her degree in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management in 2016.