LSU Gold
Associate Communications Director
Cambridge, Mass.

Hometown:Cambridge, Mass.

Alma Mater:Geneva

Graduating Year:1988

Experience:2 Years

In 2017-18, Willson began her first year in the LSU Athletics Department after serving seven years as a member of the Mountain West communications staff. Willson is the primary contact for the LSU Women’s Basketball and Women’s Golf teams.

Now in her third season at LSU, Willson also oversees the Communications Department’s extensive student assistant program while assisting with staff day-to-day operations.

In her role at the MW, Willson served as the primary media contact for women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball and women’s swimming & diving, in addition to assisting with the overall communications operation. She also served as the staff liaison to the MW Joint Council. In 2012, Willson served as the local host media coordinator for the NCAA Women’s Final Four held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. and on the NCAA Women’s Final Four Media Coordination Committee for the past seven seasons.

Willson joined the MW staff in September 2010 after spending the previous three years as the assistant director of athletic media relations for the University of New Mexico. At UNM she was the primary contact for volleyball, baseball and skiing, and assisted with men’s and women’s basketball. She also supervised the student interns that covered women’s swimming & diving and tennis and served as the host media coordinator for the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds held in Albuquerque.

Prior to joining the UNM athletics staff, Willson spent two and a half years as the director of athletic media relations at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and four and a half years as the assistant commissioner for media relations at the Sun Belt Conference. Willson also served as the local host media coordinator for the 2003 NCAA Final Four and 2002 NCAA Volleyball National Championships in New Orleans. She assisted with several national events during her time in New Orleans, including serving on the media coordination team for the 2004 Women’s Final Four, the Sugar Bowl, the New Orleans Bowl and the Super Bowl. Before moving to Louisiana in July 2000, Willson was a member of the athletics media relations staff at the University of Denver for two years. Willson spent 10 years working in the Division II ranks, starting athletics communications offices at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and Eastern New Mexico University.

Willson is an active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and served as President of the organization during the 2015-16 academic year. She is currently a member of the CoSIDA Nominating Committee and is in her first year on the prestigious Academic All-America Committee. Willson has sat on numerous CoSIDA committees and task forces, while also serving a five-year term on the CoSIDA Board of Directors as an At-Large representative from 2002-07. Willson was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Board of Directors in 2008 and served as the organization’s President in 2013-14. Over her career she has been a member of Women Sports Information Directors of America (WoSIDA; formerly Female Athletics Media Relations Executives (FAME)), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators; NACWAA), National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) and the Association of Women in Sports Media (AWSM).

The Cambridge, Mass., native graduated from Geneva College in 1988 with an undergraduate degree in psychology with minors in business administration and public relations. She earned a Master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 1997. Willson is currently serving on Geneva’s Legacy Hall of Fame Committee.

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