A familiar face is returning to The University of Scranton athletics department as John Gatto has been named the assistant sports information director according to an announcement made today by director of athletics Dave Martin.
Gatto, who was the athletics communications assistant at Scranton from August 2015 through November 2017, will begin his duties on Monday, November 5.
"We're excited for John's return to the University," Martin said. "He did outstanding work for us during his first stint here and he will be a great addition to our sports information office."
Gatto returns to Scranton with 10 years of experience in collegiate sports information. He will serve as the primary contact for select sports and will assist in all aspects of the department's communications and publicity efforts for the University's 23 intercollegiate sports.
A native of nearby Old Forge, Gatto comes to the University after having spent the past year as the director of athletic communications at Goucher where he directed the communications, publicity, and marketing efforts for the Gophers' 21 intercollegiate sports. In addition to providing statistical and game day coverage, he managed the athletics website and social media accounts, worked with various departments across campus, and solicited sponsorships for the athletics department.
Prior to his stint at Goucher, Gatto spent two-plus years in Scranton's athletics communications office, serving as the direct contact for nine intercollegiate sports, assisting in the management of the department's social media outlets, and helping to oversee the first redesign of the Royals' athletic website in more than five years.
From 2010-2015, Gatto worked in sports communications at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky, an NAIA program offering 23 intercollegiate sports. He served as the department's photographer and managed several social media accounts for the Bulldogs. He also handled a complete redesign of the athletics website.
Gatto, who graduated from Bloomsburg with a degree in mass communications with a concentration in public relations in 2008, began his sports information career as the assistant director of media relations at the College of Charleston, a position he held for a year, before moving on to a media relations assistant position at Georgia Tech.