Story by James O’Sullivan
Andrew Pulverenti is in his first year as the Sports Information director at MVC. Pulverenti graduated from Northwest Missouri State Univesity with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a minor in Multi-media.
The Sports Information director’s job involves preparing the informational programs for each home game and updating the websites with game reports. Before Pulverenti came to Valley, he worked for four years at KMMO. He said he thought that Valley would be a good fit because he knew the college and the community.
In a typical week, Pulverenti writes about six stories, but the amount of stories he has to write depends on how many games are going on that week. He also writes a weekly newsletter with small write-ups on various teams, a recap of previous weeks’ results, an upcoming schedule, and, during the football season, he writes a newsletter for the football boosters.
“The job requires that I attend every home varsity event,” Pulverenti said. For away games that he can’t attend, he relies on the coaches to call or text him the scores and simple stats, he said.
What Pulverenti does during the games depends on what sport it is. For football, baseball and softball, he keeps stats for DakStats. For the other events, he will be there taking photos and assist with the stats if needed. He is responsible for reporting the scores to the conference, updating the athletic website, writing press releases, and forwarding the stats to the opponent’s sports information director. If there are two events going on at the same time, he has his responsibility of keeping the stats for certain teams. For example, if there is a football and volleyball game at the same time, he will be at the football game to keep the stats and send one of his Work and Learn students to take pictures at the volleyball game.
Pulverenti choose this field because he enjoyed communications and being around sports. Pulverenti has always enjoyed sports. That is why he played baseball and basketball and, in high school, he played soccer and ran cross country. He also has experience in doing play-by-play of football and basketball games.