Lance Rinker
Graduate Assistant (MSOC/WSOC, MTEN/WTEN, SB)
Athletic Media Relations
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Lance Rinker

A native of Alexandria, Ind., Lance Rinker joined the ETSU staff in July 2013, assuming the primary media relations and sports information duties of men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, and softball.

With a professional background ranging from media relations to event operations, Rinker, a 2013 graduate of Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.), has gained experience in a multitude of sports settings.

Rinker's collegiate experience included covering the 2011 Butler men's basketball team as a student journalist, documenting the Bulldogs' journey to the NCAA Final Four for a second consecutive season. As a sports editor for the university's award-winning newspaper, The Butler Collegian, Rinker helped launch a live blog that attracted viewers from across the nation and globe. His April 2012 editorial, "Butler's clean slate draws athletes," received a first place award for Best Sports Column from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association.

While at Butler, he also covered the Indiana Pacers' 2011-12 season as a beat writer, worked as a camera operator for the Indianapolis Indians baseball club (AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates), and served as play-by-play commentator for 2012-13 Butler women's basketball.

During his junior and senior years at Butler, Rinker worked with the athletic department's Sports Information branch, assisting with web content, stat keeping, archive management and multimedia coverage of the university's varsity sports. He served as the primary media contact for Butler women's soccer during the team's 2012 campaign.

Rinker received the Exceptional Promise in Journalism award from Butler University's Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism in May 2013, in addition to being named Outstanding Junior Student in May 2012. He graduated from Butler in 2013 with a degree in electronic media, along with a minor in journalism.

Most recently, Rinker worked in the Guest Services & Logistics Department at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a racing operations intern, assisting with daily operations for numerous motorsport events, such as NASCAR's Coca Cola 600.

Rinker is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Sport Management from ETSU.

Athletic Media Relations
Michael White
Associate Athletic Director for Communications (MBB, WGF)
Kevin Brown
Assistant Director for Media Relations/Sports Information (VB, MGF, BASE)
Drew Weber
Graduate Assistant (XC, WBB, T&F)
Lance Rinker
Graduate Assistant (MSOC/WSOC, MTEN/WTEN, SB)
Oct 21 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MSOC ETSU 4 Lexington, Va.
Oct 21 VMI 0
VB The Citadel 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 21 ETSU 3
FB ETSU Kingsport, Tenn.
Oct 23, 6:00 p.m. Scrimmage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium
MSOC ETSU 0 Greenville, S.C.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Furman 3
VB ETSU 2 Birmingham, Ala.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Samford University 3
WGOLF Palmetto Intercollegiate Kiawah Island, S.C.
Oct 26 10th of 20
WSOC ETSU 2 Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 26 Western Carolina 3
MSOC UNC Greensboro 1 OT
Oct 28 ETSU 0
MBB Blue/Gold Scrimmage Freedom Hall
Oct 30, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31
WCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31
WTEN ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct 31 University of Tennessee Fall Invite
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Oct 31, 7:00 p.m. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. University of Tennessee Fall Invite
WBB Milligan College Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 12:00 p.m. ETSU
FB ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 3:00 p.m. Homecoming scrimmage
WSOC ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 5:30 p.m. UNC Greensboro
VB University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. ETSU