WKU Rounds Out Full-Time Athletic Media Relations Staff With Schroeder, Anderson

Bowling Green, Ky. - WKU Senior Associate Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced Wednesday the hirings of Michael Schroeder and Melissa Anderson as Assistant Directors of Media Relations, rounding out the full-time athletic media relations staff for the 2010-11 athletic year.

Schroeder will be the primary media relations contact for men's basketball, men's golf and women's golf, and Anderson will work with baseball, volleyball and swimming and diving.

"Michael and Melissa are tremendous additions to our communications/media relations operation," Stewart said. "Melissa has five years of experience in the Southeastern Conference, working last year at Arkansas and the previous four years at Tennessee, and these experiences will enable her to make a significant impact at WKU. Michael did a superlative job with our baseball program last year in every aspect, and also was heavily involved with our men's basketball program, so he is perfectly suited for the responsibilities of this new role. They both have produced results of the highest quality, and I am confident each will make many positive contributions to our athletic department. We are fortunate to have them."

Schroeder, 23, spent 2009-10 as an assistant in the WKU athletic media relations office, serving as the primary media contact for the baseball and women's soccer programs and secondary contact for men's basketball. The Bloomington, Ill., native came to WKU after earning his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois in May 2009.

Prior to joining the WKU athletic media relations staff in July 2009, Schroeder gained athletic media relations experience with the Madison Mallards collegiate summer baseball team in Madison, Wisc., and at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.

While at the University of Illinois, Schroeder earned four varsity letters as the baseball team manager from 2006-09.

Anderson, 24, comes to WKU after spending 2009-10 as an intern in the University of Arkansas athletic media relations office, serving as the media contact for the women's tennis, swimming and diving and softball programs.

Before joining the staff at Arkansas, Anderson served as a graduate assistant with the men's sports information office at the University of Tennessee. Before her assistantship, she worked in the office as a student assistant for two-and-a-half years. After serving as the contact for the men's golf team for three seasons, Anderson was the primary contact for the baseball team during the 2009 season. Additionally, she assisted with game day preparation for football, men's basketball and tennis.

The St. Louis native earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from Tennessee in May 2007 and graduated with her master's degree in journalism from Tennessee in 2009.