University of New Orleans Hires New Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations

Press Release Courtesy of the UNO Athletics Department

Brandon RizzutoThe New Orleans athletic department formally announced the hiring of UNO alumnus Brandon Rizzuto as assistant athletic director for external relations on Friday. Photo courtesy of UNO Athletics

The New Orleans athletic department formally announced the hiring of Brandon Rizzuto as Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations on Friday.

The hiring of Rizzuto marks a homecoming for the alumnus of the University. Rizzuto earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from UNO and is currently working towards his masters' degree.

As an undergraduate student, Rizzuto was a member of the UNO Ambassadors and served as the organization's president during the 2005-06 academic year. Under Rizzuto's leadership, the UNO Ambassadors started Swampball in the spring semester of 2006, donating all proceeds to help fund scholarships for UNO students.

In his new position on the Lakefront, Rizzuto will be responsible for the management and advancement of marketing and promotions, media relations, social media, ticket operations and multimedia. Rizzuto will also spearhead the department's advertisement campaigns and bolster the game presentation and fan engagement across fourteen intercollegiate teams.

"I cannot express how excited I am to be here at UNO and to have this opportunity," said Rizzuto. "To have this chance to come back to help build and to be a part of something great is truly an honor, and also a challenge that I look forward to."

Prior to his arrival at UNO, Rizzuto spent two seasons with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League. Initially hired as the league's director of media relations, Rizzuto added a vice president role to his title during his second year with the VooDoo.

Rizzuto initially got his start out of college with Nicholls State University, where he spent four-plus years as the director of media relations.

During his tenure at Nicholls, Rizzuto accumulated seven citations of excellence in writing between CoSIDA and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA), including 'Best Release' in the 2009 LSWA writing contest.

He also earned a total of four awards for media guides from the LSWA, placing first twice. In his first with the VooDoo, he continued to receive accolades as the team's game day program - The Graveyard Tombstone - placed first in the AFL for the League's Best Publication in 2011.

At the time of his appointment to the director of media relations for athletics post at Nicholls in August 2006, Rizzuto was the youngest person in the nation in his position at 21 years old. He continued the trend in the Arena Football League, becoming the youngest vice president for a team in the AFL at age 27.

The Metairie, La. native currently resides in his hometown and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School.