|Title:||Director of Athletic Communications|
Chris Aliano begins his second year as Director of Athletic Communications and third with the Merrimack Athletic Department.
Aliano oversees the publicity of Merrimack's 22 Division II and two Division I varsity programs while serving as the primary media contact for men's and women's ice hockey, field hockey, football, men's lacrosse, softball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track & field, and women's golf.
In addition to overseeing all athletic communication, traditional media and new media initiatives within the department, Aliano oversees the entirety of the Athletic Department's website; furthermore, he is in charge of the publishing of media guides, press releases, game programs, brochures and other publications.
In his first year at the helm of the Athletic Communications Department, Aliano spearheaded the launch of MerrimackAthletics.TV in conjunction with Pack Network, elevating the department's web streaming capabilities to new heights. After only offering broadcasts in five sports prior to the year, Merrimack broadcast over 85 home events for 10 different on-campus sports in 2013-14 and was at the forefront of the Northeast-10 Conference and NCAA Division II in webcast quality.
Also in 2013-14, Aliano led the redesign of the Athletic Department's website, launched in July 2014. At the same time, he revamped the department's social media structure by introducing team-specific accounts to further the department's brand, as well as each team's. Merrimack ranked in the top-20 nationally in total Twitter followers at the Division II level as of May 2014 with just shy of 3,500 followers -- nearly 1,000 more than College's total student body.
Before Merrimack, Aliano spent 2011-12 serving as Assistant Director of Athletic Communications at Bryant University. While working with the Bulldogs, Aliano served as the primary contact for men's and women's soccer, women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, field hockey, and softball during Bryant's final year of Division I reclassification.
Aliano graduated from Boston University in May of 2011 with a degree in broadcast journalism. While at BU, he spent three years with the on-campus sports radio station, WTBU Sports. During his tenure at WTBU, Aliano served as sports director as well as the beat writer for the men's ice hockey team. Aliano also spent three seasons contributing play-by-play for the men's and women's ice hockey teams and the softball team.
Also prior to joining the Warriors, Aliano spent the summer of 2012 and 2013 serving as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the North Adams SteepleCats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He was selected by the league to broadcast the 2012 and 2013 All-Star Game by his peers and fellow league administrators. He continues to stay involved with the NECBL and serves as the league's Director of Public Relations and Broadcasting on a volunteer basis.
While at BU, Aliano was a three-year member of the Boston University Alpine Ski Racing Team, serving as vice president during the winter of 2011, and provided play-by-play commentary and PA announcing at regular season and postseason races, including the USCSA National Championships in Sunday River, Maine, and Sun Valley, Idaho.
A native of Hawthorne, New Jersey, Aliano is a member of CoSIDA and currently resides in Somerville, Massachusetts.