Thomas R. Garigen has been appointed as Sports Information Director at Monroe Community College. Tom has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from SUNY Brockport and an Associate Degree in General Studies from Genesee Community College.
Tom comes to MCC from Messenger Post Newspapers, where he served as a sports writer for almost three years. He began as a freelance writer for the company’s weekly papers in October of 2002 and was hired full-time in March of 2003. He covered high school sports for the Henrietta, Brockport, and Gates-Chili Posts until August of 2004, when he accepted a sports writer position with the company’s daily newspaper in Canandaigua.
Tom’s duties at the Daily Messenger included writing game stories, columns, features and profiles. Other responsibilities included copy editing, pagination and event photography. During his time with Messenger Post, Tom covered PGA, LPGA, and Nationwide Tour golf events, Buffalo Bills training camp, and Rochester Rhinos and United States women’s national soccer team games. He also contributed articles to The Associated Press.
Prior to his career as a sports writer, Tom spent nine summers working at Stafford Country Club. His duties included customer service, club and equipment maintenance, and member relations in the bag room and pro shop.
Tom played baseball at both GCC and Brockport. At Genesee he was a two-year captain and was an all-conference infielder his sophomore year. In 2000 he was named the Western New York Athletic Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Tom’s primary responsibilities will be to manage public relations for the 14 athletic teams at MCC.