Marissa Avanzato joined the ETSU Media Relations staff in the summer of 2017 as a graduate assistant. She is the primary contact for volleyball, women's basketball, and the men's and women's tennis teams. She also provides assistance for all home football and men's basketball games.
In 2018 Avanzato was one of six nationwide who earned the NCAA/CoSIDA Inclusion Grant. The NCAA Inclusion CoSIDA Convention Grant is an annual professional development opportunity geared toward countering the gap of inclusion, advancement and retention within the field of media relations/communications for women and ethnic minorities.
Prior to ETSU, Avanzato spent a year as a media relations intern at Villanova University. At Villanova, she worked directly with the field hockey, rowing, baseball and both tennis teams. She made multiple graphics and managed her teams’ social media accounts. Avanzato also assisted with all home football games, as well as men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and lacrosse games. For home men’s basketball games, Avanzato worked courtside for the 2016 defending National Championship team. She provided support at the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship and the BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships as well. During her year at Villanova, Avanzato was one of 220 applicants selected to attend the 2017 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Before entering media relations, Avanzato held an on-field promotion position with the Pittsfield Suns and various positions with the Pittsfield Colonials baseball teams while working at the historic Wahconah Park. She also spent the summer of 2015 interning for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Avanzato graduated from Worcester State University in Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, with a minor in Business Administration in 2016. At Worcester State, she was a member of the softball team, where she helped lead her team to the 2016 Division III MASCAC Championship and was a three-time Spring All-Academic team selection, while a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Avanzato was also the President of Lambda Pi Eta, Worcester State’s Communication Honor Society, as well as a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society.
She is currently earning her Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Sport Studies, with a Sport Management focus at ETSU.
Marissa is a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Her older brother Nick, works as Assistant Director, Minor League Operations for the New York Yankees.