FERRUM, Virginia – Director of Athletics John Sutyak has announced the hiring of Taylor Chitwood ’20 as Assistant Sports Information Director and Coordinator of Campus Livestream Events. Chitwood returns to Ferrum after having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance in May of 2020.
“Taylor Chitwood bleeds black and gold more than anyone I have met here at Ferrum. We are extremely excited to welcome him back to campus as our new Assistant Sports Information Director and Coordinator of Campus Livestream Events,” said Sutyak. “Taylor’s presence working side by side with Sports Information Director Gary Holden will not only help enhance our athletic communications operation, but he will also help boost our campus livestreaming capabilities for the entire Ferrum community.”
Chitwood spent the last four years as a student assistant in the Sports Information Office. In this position, he served as a broadcaster for home games and assisted with setup and breakdown for home events. Chitwood has overseen statistic operations for numerous Ferrum events, including football, soccer, volleyball, field hockey, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, softball and lacrosse. He also helped the athletic department adopt new streaming software, BlueFrame Production Truck, as well as the NCAA’s LiveStats for Basketball.
“I’m thrilled to have Taylor back here at Ferrum,” said Holden. “Taylor was one of our top student employees and I can’t wait to get him back into the office and doing what he does best in enhancing Ferrum’s student-athlete experience.”
In 2019, Chitwood played a role in the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championship hosted by Ferrum. In addition to serving as a table worker, he handled post-match live interviews for all 10 individual national championship matches.
During the first two weeks of the pandemic shut-down last spring, Chitwood served as student host for a series of coaching interviews, as well as an informational video with Ferrum President Dr. David Johns.
Chitwood’s experience in athletics includes two summers as a front office staff member with the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League in Morehead City, North Carolina. In this role, he managed day-to-day operation of the team, including setting up the ball park, hiring and supervising staff, and handling fiscal reports for the franchise’s owner. During Chitwood’s two seasons there, the Marlins won back-to-back Petit Cup titles.
Chitwood begins work officially on Monday, August 10.