Lastoria Named New Lee Sports Information Director

Friday, July 14, 2017
Carman Lastoria
Carman Lastoria
Athletic Director Larry Carpenter has named Carman Lastoria the new Sports Information Director for Lee University.
 
Lastoria previously served as the Assistant Sports Information Director over the last five years under the direction of George Starr. In that role he worked to develop and grow the athletic department's social media brand while creating weekly video content highlighting the Flames and Lady Flames.
 
In addition to those duties he wrote press releases, game recaps, and handled statistics and Public Address announcing for several sports.
Lastoria also oversaw the implementation of the Lee Flames Hot Spot App, which rewards fans for attending home athletic events and hosted a weekly radio program highlighting Lee Athletics.

 
"I'm incredibly honored and humbled to take this next step in my professional career," Lastoria said. "I could never adequately express in words my deep appreciation and admiration for George Starr. It has been one of the greatest blessings in my life to work under him over these past five seasons. His guidance and direction have helped shape me both professionally and personally in profound ways.
 
I would like to thank Dr. Conn and Coach Carpenter for affording me this incredible opportunity. I look forward to continuing the great tradition of the Lee Sports Information Department and sharing the incredible stories and accomplishments that our student athletes, coaches, and programs achieve each and every season."
 
Lastoria graduated from Lee in 2008 and served as a youth and associate pastor in Chattanooga for four years prior to joining the Lee Athletic Staff. He and his wife Shalee, a 2005 and 2009 graduate of Lee, reside in Cleveland with their beautiful sixth-month old baby girl, Bexley.
 
"Carman has been an integral part of our Sports Information Department for several years. He is a tireless worker who loves Lee University and especially Lee Athletics," said Carpenter. "He understands the role this office plays in the success of our Athletic Department and will do an outstanding job as our new director."
 
Michael Colander will take over as the Assistant Sports Information Director. Colander spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant in sports information focusing on athletic media.

He graduated with his Masters of Business Administration from Lee this past May. As an undergraduate student he worked closely with Dr. Jeff Salyer in the school's communications department and graduated in May 2015 with his Bachelor's degree in Digital Media.

"I am excited to have Michael join us in a full time capacity," added Carpenter. "He has a lot of creative ideas and has enhanced our video and social media presence tremendously in a short period of time."

Colander will continue to focus his efforts on video production, graphics, and social media content. In addition to those duties he will oversee the live streaming of every home athletic event.

"I'm excited to begin my professional career at a place that has meant so much to me over the last six years," said Colander. "I've developed some great relationships with the faculty and staff here and I look forward to continuing to grow the Lee University Athletics brand, particularly through our video and social media platforms."
 
Michael Colander
Michael Colander


Mocs Add Ruschell To Wrestling Staff

UTC head wrestling coach Heath Eslinger announced the addition of Kyle Ruschell to the Mocs wrestling staff Wednesday.  Ruschell replaces David Hoffman who is leaving to become the head coach at his high school alma mater, The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa.  Ruschell spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.  A former member of the U.S. ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: An Embarrassing Softball Fight

While watching the evening news on television last night I witnessed an embarrassing fight between parents at a 12-year old softball game. The game and the fight took place in Kingsport, Tennessee, which to me makes it doubly embarrassing. The game was between a couple of North Carolina teams at the Brickyard softball complex in a USA Softball Tournament. There were no arrests nor ... (click for more)

Red Bank Finalizes 20-Cent Property Tax Increase

The Red Bank commissioners voted Tuesday night to adopt the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget that includes a property tax increase. Mayor John Roberts said that along with the increase in both commercial and residential development, comes increased traffic. Infrastructure has not kept up with the growth, including the secondary roads. The cost of paving these roads is $1 million. Money ... (click for more)

Attorney Poston Says Man In Viral Video Seen Fighting Officer Was Trying To Break Up Fight

Attorney McCracken Poston said William Alexander Floyd, the young man seen in the recently published “viral” video who is seemingly engaged in a boxing match with a Chattanooga police officer, started out trying to break up a fight.   The attorney said, "Things are not always as they appear. There is a much more interesting story in the seconds leading up to the events ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Please ‘Connect The Dots’

Get your crayons out and let’s play “connect the dots.” Next Thursday (June 28 th ) the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, in partnership with Chattanooga’s publicly-flawed non-profit educational foundation, UnifiEd, will hold its regional meeting at Chattanooga’s Bessie Smith Hall. The coalition was formed to advocate for “students of color” in Tennessee, and among those on ... (click for more)