Ryan Finney is in his sixth season as an Associate SID with the UCLA Sports Information staff after serving 12 years at Cal State Northridge, including 10 as the Matadors' Assistant Athletic Director/Media Relations.
He is the primary contact for men's basketball at UCLA. His 2008-09 media guide was named Best in the District by CoSIDA for the second straight year and finished eighth nationally.
While at Northridge, Finney and his staff coordinated 12 NCAA and conference championship events, including the 1995 NCAA No. 4 Softball Regional, the 2001 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament and most recently the 2004 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Western Regional Championships.
Prior to Northridge, Finney served a two-year stint as a Sports Information Assistant at Purdue (1992-94). He also spent the 1991-92 season as an Assistant Sports Information Director at Norfolk State.
Before his days at NSU, Finney spent two years as an undergraduate intern with his alma mater, Kansas State. Finney also was a student assistant coach for the Wildcats' women's volleyball program for four years (1987-90) and later served as the interim head coach from December 1990 to May 1991.
Finney has served on the CoSIDA Publications Committee since 1996-97 while serving as a vice chair for the past five years. He has received 25 Citations for Excellence in Publications by CoSIDA, including three Best in the Nation Awards.
Finney earned a B.S. degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University in 1990. He is single and resides in Northridge, Calif.
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