The primary purpose of the Tennessee State Athletic Media Relations Office is to serve as liaison between TSU athletics' administration, coaches and student-athletes and the local, state and national media.
To facilitate the requests of TSU officials and athletes as well as print and electronic media in order to ensure the best possible media coverage of TSU's 15 varsity sports. The department provides a wide range of other services to meet the ever-growing needs of media covering collegiate sports, as well as to assist other information-seeking organizations and individuals.
In addition, the department serves as the chief public relations branch of TSU athletics, keeping image a top priority in its dealings with media, fans and others wishing to learn more about TSU athletics and its people.
Zekeya Anderson Harrison, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Media Relations
Phone: (615) 963-1867; (615) 963-5363
Fax: (615) 963-7692
Sports: Women’s Basketball, Football (Credential Request), Men's Basketball (Credential Request)
Jose' F. Garcia, Assistant Director for Media Relations
Phone: (615) 963-5674
Sports: Football, Softball, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's Basketball (Secondary)
TBA, Athletic Media Relations Coordinator
Phone: (615) 963-5674
Ashley Fontenot, Athletic Media Relations Intern
Phone: (615) 586-8012
Sports: Volleyball, Tennis, Men's Basketball
Athletic Media Relations Office
Tennessee State University - Athletics Department Box 9603
3500 John Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209
Media Interview Policy
Media wanting to interview Tennessee State University student-athletes, coaches or staff must contact the athletic media relations office, which will arrange the interview. Media are required to submit their request via email or telephone.
The best time to conduct interviews with student-athletes is after practice sessions, which vary by team, as do rules for interviewing at each team's practice – please check with the athletic media relations office for more information about a specific sport.
A media relations representative will assist you in interviews after the practice's completion. Team meetings before, during or after practice are private and not accessible to the media.
Interviews that can not be conducted at that time will be arranged around the student-athlete or coach's schedule. Phone numbers of student-athletes will NOT be released to the media and media should NEVER attempt to call student-athletes.
It is requested that media give the athletic media relations office enough advanced warning when they want to: (a) arrange an interview or (b) attend a practice. Last minute interview requests cannot be guaranteed to be honored.
Post-game interviews following home contests are also handled through the athletic media relations office. After a 10-minute cooling off period, coaches and requested student-athletes will be brought to the designated interview area for that sport. Locker rooms following contests are closed to the media.
The athletic media relations office will do everything to respect the requests of the media and it is expected that the media respect the policies set forth by the athletic media relations office.
Tennessee State University plays their home games at Nissan Stadium and Hale Stadium. Wearing of a specifically issued credential is REQUIRED for entrance and movement around the facility.
All requests for working media at home games should be directed to the Tennessee State University Athletic Media Relations office (firstname.lastname@example.org) via the online credential form by 12 p.m. NOON on FRIDAY prior to game week. No requests made after the deadline will be honored.
Credentials will be screened to help ensure a working press box. Unless prior pick-up arrangements are made, credentials can be picked up one hour prior to kickoff at the Media Entrance of Nissan Stadium adjacent to Gate 6 on the West Side of the stadium and at a designated will call area at Hale Stadium. Under no circumstances, will credential requests be considered on the day of the game.
Visiting media credentials must be approved and submitted throught the opposing school's media relations/communications department.
Sideline and photo passes will be issued to working photographers from the respective opponents team’s outlets. In accordance with NCAA and Ohio Valley Conference rules, photographers must stay out of the bench areas of the teams.
Appropriate parking passes will be required to all stadium lots on game day. Media Parking passes are available on a limited priority basis in Lot S/MG, if you are not granted a parking pass, parking fees will apply. Television trucks that provide satellite or uplink functions will be located in Lot M near Gate 6. The media entrance is Gate 6.
Credential requests for Classic games must be made at least two (2) weeks prior to the contest and are not guaranteed.
Credential requests are honored for accredited media on specific assignments and must be made through the TSU Athletic Media Relations department. Credentials will not be issued to writers, photographers or videographers working on a freelance basis unless the request is made by a recognized publication or news organization. Season-long credentials are issued in August; single game credentials must be requested by noon on the Friday prior to game week.
Home basketball games are played in the Gentry Center located on the main campus. Credential requests should be made to the Athletic Media Relations office at least three (3) days prior to the contest via email or facsimile to insure proper time for processing. Credentials will be screened and issued to working media as indicated in various NCAA, Ohio Valley Conference and CoSIDA policies.
Credentials WILL NOT be mailed and can be picked up at the will call table inside the entrance of Gentry Center, next to the ticket office.