Barton hires Page as new media coordinator

Barton hires Page as new media coordinator

by Benny Benton

WILSON, N.C. – Doug Page, sports information director at Salem International University for the past year, has joined the Barton College staff as new media coordinator with the Office of Sports Information, school officials announced Tuesday.

Prior to his work at Salem, Page served as an intern with Francis Marion University while also working as director of media relations and public address announcer for the Florence Redwolves of the Coastal Plain League.

Page has an extensive background in broadcasting that includes calling women’s basketball for NCAA Division I program University of Buffalo and multiple sports for ESPN Williamsport, among others.

He will fill a role previously held at Barton by Cory Guinn, who resigned to become assistant sports information director at Queens University.

“We are very excited to welcome Doug into the Barton College family,” said Benny Benton, Barton’s sports information director. “Having led Salem International’s sports information office for the past year, Doug is well prepared to direct Barton’s new media efforts.

“Not only will Doug continue the growth of Barton’s social media that was built by Cory, but he will be able to use his experience in broadcasting to enhance our video and livestream offerings. We are very fortunate to have someone in this role with his abilities.”

As new media coordinator, Page will oversee Barton’s social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – video content, graphic promotions and web site content.

In addition to his leadership in new media, Page will work with Benton to provide complete coverage of Barton’s 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs. Barton sports information responsibilities include statistics, history, interviews, publications, photography, news releases, game-day information and daily website updates, as well as a liaison role between athletic programs and media, fans, opponents, NCAA and Conference Carolinas. 

“I am very excited for the opportunity to help share the stories of student-athletes at Barton College,” Page said. “The college's vision for promoting its student-athletes really spoke to me and I am eager to get started.”

Page, a native of Pine City, N.Y., is a 2012 graduate of Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y. with a degree in communications.

While at Medaille, he broadcast and kept stats for baseball and softball while also broadcasting men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, hockey and lacrosse. Page also served three years as the station director for the student-run campus radio station.

After graduation, Page gained experience while working in minor league hockey and baseball. He served as a broadcast/communications intern with the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He also had stints with the Jamestown Jammers (short-season Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) of the New York-Penn League and the Williamsport Crosscutters (short-season Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) before accepting the position at Francis Marion.

Page will begin his duties at Barton on September 5.

“I'm grateful to be able to work alongside Benny Benton and cover Barton athletics,” Page said. "I'd like to thank President Douglas Searcy, Director of Athletics Todd Wilkinson and Mr. Benton for this exciting opportunity to join the Barton family.”