Georgia Gwinnett College's hiring of Georgia State employees isn't limited to coaching positions.
Ned Colegrove, who worked previously in the Georgia State sports communications office, was hired this week as GGC's assistant director of athletics for communications and marketing. He will be the primary media contact for the Grizzlies' new intercollegiate athletic program, which begins play in the 2012-13 school year.
He also will lead efforts on the GGC athletic website, www.GrizzlyAthletics.com.
"Ned brings a wealth of experience to our athletics office and will immediately spearhead our athletics communications area," GGC athletic director Darin Wilson said. "I look forward to Ned having the opportunity to grow our communications efforts and build this part of our athletics program from scratch. He has a tremendous amount of work to do before we open our soccer seasons Aug. 25."
Colegrove comes from a Georgia State athletic program that provided a number of GGC's inaugural coaches, including women's soccer coach Domenic Martelli, baseball coach Brad Stromdahl and tennis coach Chase Hodges. In addition to those sports, GGC, approved as an NAIA member, also will field men's soccer and women's softball teams in 2012-13.
At Georgia State, Colegrove handled day-to-day duties for several of the Panthers' sports programs and was instrumental in promoting the school's new sand volleyball program, one of the nation's first teams in that sport.
Prior to working at GSU, Colegrove worked in digital content with Fox Sports South in Atlanta and covered the area's professional teams, as well as SEC and ACC college football. He also worked previously with Turner Sports on its pro basketball and baseball telecasts.
A University of Georgia grad, Colegrove attended the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and anchored TV coverage of both UGA sports and Northeast Georgia news. He is originally from upstate New York.
"I'm thrilled to begin my new role in support of Grizzlies athletics," Colegrove said. "I thank Dr. Wilson and the college administration for this opportunity to spread the news of this determined program. It's easy to see the excitement in the community and beyond that will make telling the stories of our student-athletes a great joy every day. There is a tremendous foundation in place at GGC and I'm eager to get that started."