The Fifth Down

Fiesta veteran Gina Chappin chosen Rose Bowl media director

PASADENA, Calif. The Tournament of Roses has named Gina Chappin as Rose Bowl Game media director, CEO Mitch Dorger has announced.

Chappin joins the Rose Bowl Game after a 10-year public and media relations tenure with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl, most recently as their director of communications.

"As the magnitude of the BCS has grown, we realize the importance of dedicating a person whose full-time focus will be on media operations." Dorger said, "We believe that Gina's talent, experience and sense of teamwork make her a perfect addition as we prepare for our first double-hosting championship game in 2010."

Rose Bowl Game media operations had been overseen by the Pac-10 office for more than 29 years. Chappin enters a newly created position for the Tournament after Jim Muldoon, the Pac-10's associate commissioner, communications and football administration, stepped down as Rose Bowl Game media director.

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Chappin chosen Rose Bowl media director

Chappin's experience includes assisting with two BCS National Championship Games (2003 and 2007). This past year, she played a key role as the Fiesta Bowl organization staged an unprecedented three games in eleven days with the Insight Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.

She began as an intern for the Insight Bowl while attending college and served in several media roles within the department before her recent appointment. Gina is a member of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM), College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF & CHF).

Chappin will oversee all publicity efforts for the Rose Bowl Game, working closely with local and national media. She will be in charge of all game-week and gameday Rose Bowl media operations.

Chappin, a native of Northern California, earned a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Arizona.

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