Zach Stipe – Director of Football Communications
Zach Stipe is entering his third season as the Director of Football Communications at Florida State University and his seventh season overall with FSU. Stipe is responsible for all publicity and media relations efforts and strategy for the perennial Top 10-ranked Seminoles football team, including head coach Jimbo Fisher. Stipe has worked on the national award and All-America campaigns for over a dozen FSU student-athletes, including 2013 Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston, 2015 first-round NFL draft pick Jalen Ramsey and 2016 unanimous All-American Dalvin Cook, among several others.
Stipe was hired by Florida State in 2011 as assistant sports information director where he worked primarily with women's basketball and the first-ever beach volleyball team, and as a secondary contact with the football team. Stipe was promoted to associate sports information director and football contact in 2013, coinciding with the Seminoles' undefeated national championship run. Stipe was again promoted in February 2015 to his current role of Director of Football Communications. In April of 2015, Stipe organized the media efforts for Winston's Pro Day – the largest ever of its kind, which included over 12 combined hours of live coverage between the NFL Network and ESPN, including a live one-hour broadcast of SportsCenter.
Stipe has represented Florida State at several events, including the NFL Draft, the ESPY's, the Home Depot College Football Awards and the Walter Camp All-America Foundation banquet and assisted with the production of game telecasts for ESPN, ABC and regional sports networks, as well as ESPN's popular College Gameday show.
In 2016, Stipe was advisor on Showtime's season-long documentary ‘A Season With Florida State,' as the Seminoles became the second college football team featured on the network.
Stipe began his career in NCAA Division I athletics as a graduate assistant in the Tennessee Athletics media relations office where he worked with nearly every sport with the Vols and Lady Vols. He was the primary contact for the Tennessee women's swimming and diving teams and golf teams and assisted with the media relations efforts of the football and women's basketball teams from 2008 to 2010. He was promoted to media relations assistant in 2010 where he served as the primary media contact for the eight-time national champion Lady Vol basketball program, including all media and publicity efforts for Hall of Fame head coach Pat Summitt.
The Canton, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio Northern in 2008. At ONU, he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Northern Review, interned with ONU Sports Information Department and was a two-year member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams.
Stipe and his wife, Katie, reside in Tallahassee, and recently welcomed a son, Owen.