|Title:||Sports Information Director|
|Year:||Fourth Year at E&H|
Joe Matthews is entering his fourth year as Sports Information Director at Emory & Henry College. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the sports information department, directing media and statistical coverage of the College's 13 intercollegiate teams and the maintenance of GoWasps.com.
During his first three seasons at Emory & Henry, Matthews has seen nine student-athletes named Academic All-District, three ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and two Academic All-Americans. He has also expanded the multimedia coverage of all of E&H's sports, with the addition of live in-game statistics and the creation of the GoWasps.com E-Cast in partnership with First Team Broadcasting.
Before joining the staff at E&H, Matthews served his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne University, as a sports information specialist from April 2010 to May 2011. He was the official statistician for volleyball and provided game day assistance at football, basketball and softball games.
Matthews was previously Assistant Sports Information Director at Carson-Newman College during the 2009-10 season. While at the Jefferson City, Tenn., school, he assisted in the redesign of the athletic website and was the official statistician for football, basketball and volleyball. Matthews was also the primary contact for women's basketball and volleyball while assisting with football, men's basketball and men's and women's soccer.
Prior to his stint at C-N, Matthews was Graduate Assistant Sports Information Director at Lenoir-Rhyne from 2007 to 2009. He served as primary contact for the women’s basketball, softball, volleyball and women’s swimming teams and assisted with the Bears' other athletic programs including football and men's and women's soccer. Matthews also spearheaded the redesign of L-R's athletic website during the early summer of 2009.
In addition to working many South Atlantic Conference postseason events, Matthews has coordinated media relations for multiple NCAA Division II Tournaments. These include the 2009 Southeast Region Women’s Basketball tournament, the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Southeast Region Softball tournaments, football playoff games in 2009, 2012 and 2013 and matches in the first three rounds of the 2009 Women's Soccer tournament. Matthews also worked the early rounds of the 2006 and 2009 Men's Soccer tournaments.
In the spring of 2014, Matthews provided scoring assistance at the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship, held at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C. The event was a return to roots for Matthews, who completed his undergraduate internship with the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, a tournament on the PGA's Champions Tour.
During his time as an undergraduate at L-R, Matthews served as a student assistant for two years in the sports information office. He was also the student manager for Bears' women's basketball program during the 2003-04 season when the team won its first-ever SAC Regular Season Championship.
Matthews is a 2007 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sport management and earned a Master of Business Administration from L-R in 2009.
Matthews is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Division III Sports Information Directors of America (D3SIDA) and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). Matthews has been previously involved with the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) and served as the coordinator for the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Women's Basketball Teams for the 2009-10 season.
In addition to his interests in sports, Matthews also enjoys history, music and zymology. A native of Lemon Springs, N.C, he resides in Abingdon.