May 23, 2006
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University Director of Athletics Dan Coonan announced today that Jed Mettee has been hired as the Director of Media Relations. Mettee will oversee the athletic department's public and media relations efforts for the university's 19 varsity sports, while also managing santaclarabroncos.com and the radio broadcast agreements.
"I am excited to come to a university like Santa Clara that has such a strong tradition both athletically and academically," said Mettee. "The athletic program continues to build on that great tradition and I am looking forward to being a part of that continued growth and success."
Mettee comes to Santa Clara after five seasons as the Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. During his tenure with the two-time MLS Cup Champion Earthquakes, Mettee oversaw media relations, public relations and broadcasting, while also managing the team's official website and team publications. Under Mettee's direction, the Earthquakes became the second team in MLS to launch a weekly video news show on their website, Quakes Insider. In 2004, Mettee also negotiated radio broadcast agreements in English and Spanish for the first time since 1999, and last year the Quakes broadcast two matches on Spanish-language television for the first time in team history.
Prior to joining the Quakes, Mettee served as Director of Media Relations for Massachusetts Professional Soccer (MPS), an organization that owned and operated the Boston Bulldogs (D3 Pro League), the Boston Renegades (W-1 League), and the Cape Cod Crusaders (Premier Development League). His tasks with MPS ranged from developing public relations strategies and fulfilling interview requests to coaching clinics in the club's youth development program. He also designed and launched a new website dedicated to the MPS Soccer Academy.
In 2000, he worked as the media relations assistant for the New England Revolution of MLS, for whom he wrote game day publications, coordinated media interview requests and assisted with the production of the team's internet radio shows. In June of 2000, Mettee served as Press Officer of the Foxboro venue for the 2000 Women's Gold Cup.
After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1998, Mettee traveled to Madrid, Spain, where he worked for C.F. Rayo Majadahonda, an affiliate of Spanish powerhouse Atletico Madrid. As an assistant to the general manager, he coordinated scheduling, managed a 75-team men's league, and assisted in the club's public relations efforts. He also coached two under 14 boys teams in the club's youth system.