Mike Montoro is in his 10th year as the director of football communications at West Virginia University. He is the primary publicist for the football program, handling the day-to-day operations as it relates to the media, working to increase exposure locally, regionally and nationally. He also supervises the dissemination of information, coordinates the press box and media operations on game day and oversees the promotional award campaigns for both players and coaches in the football program.
In his 10 years at WVU, the football team won three Big East Championships and made nine bowl appearances. Twenty-three players were named to 82 All-America teams, nine were selected freshmen All-American and 83 were named all-conference.
Montoro spent seven years at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., from 2000-07. At Southern Miss, he oversaw the media relations unit, starting as the director of media relations (2000-04), then as the assistant director of athletics for media relations (2004-06) and then associate director of athletics for media relations (2006-07).
His primary responsibilities included the dissemination of information for the athletics program, as well as the department’s liaison with the media. He served as the primary contact for the nationally-ranked Golden Eagle football and baseball programs, as well as directing the operations of the athletic media relations office.
During his tenure at USM, he promoted 51 football and 28 baseball players who were selected all-conference, six football players named to 24 All-American teams, 10 baseball players garnered 29 All-American selections, six football players and 10 baseball players named to freshman All-America teams.
His sports information career includes stints at Virginia Tech as an assistant sports information director (1999-00) and Liberty as a student assistant (1986-88), assistant sports information director (1988-92), sports information director (1995-97) and assistant athletic director for media relations (1997-99).
He spent two years at West Virginia (1992-94) as a sports publications graduate assistant and one year at Brescia College (1994-95) as the sports information director.
Montoro has been the editor or the assistant editor of more than 40 publications that have been awarded national or district recognition from the College Sports Information Director’s of America (CoSIDA), including 10 that were tabbed as best in the nation.
Montoro is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, Football Writers Association of America and the National College Baseball Writers of America. He is currently serving his eighth year as a national chairman on the Capital One Academic All-America program and 23rd year overall and has been on the executive board of the NCBWA since 2002 and currently serves as the executive associate director. He was honored with the Wilbur Snypp Award in 2006 for outstanding contribution to college baseball, inducted into the women’s basketball hall of fame at Liberty in 1998 and was awarded his 25-year service award from CoSIDA in 2015.
The Westminster, Md., native received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Liberty in 1990 and his master’s degree in sport management from West Virginia in 1994.