AJ Harrison is in his second year as an Athletic Communications Assistant at the University of Wisconsin, where he serves as the primary contact for the nationally recognized women’s hockey program and the UW men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs.
Harrison oversaw publicity for the UW women’s hockey team’s run to the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Frozen Four, and helped promote the UW men’s track and field team, which captured conference titles during the 2014 indoor and outdoor seasons and was led by Michael Lihrman, who set the NCAA record in the indoor weight throw during the 2015 season.
Prior to arriving at Wisconsin, Harrison spent a year working for the University of Tulsa, where he served as the primary contact for volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field programs.
As the volleyball contact for the Golden Hurricane, Harrison promoted the 2012 Conference USA Champion squad and the NCAA all-time kills leader during the 25-point rally scoring era Tyler Henderson. Harrison also worked with the promotion of Tulsa track standout Chris O’Hare, who set the then-collegiate record in the indoor mile at the 2013 Millrose Games.
Harrison arrived at TU from Drake University, where he was an athletic communications student assistant from 2009-2012.
While at Drake, Harrison served as the primary contact for track and field and cross country along with assisting in coverage of the Bulldogs 18 sports. He also served as the contact for men’s golf in 2011 and the interim women’s basketball contact for a month during the 2012 campaign. Harrison played a key role in many of the Bulldogs’ social media efforts including starting a live blog during the 2011-12 men’s basketball season.
Harrison was an important member of the Drake Relays staff where he served a variety of different roles. He was the assistant mixed zone coordinator and the assistant press box coordinator in 2010 and 2011, respectively. In 2012, Harrison was the press box coordinator where he constructed the media supplement for the four day event and led social media efforts.
He has also worked as a media volunteer at 2011 and 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds in Tulsa and Omaha, Neb., respectively and the 2012 NCAA Des Moines Women’s Regional.
Harrison gained valuable experience as the sports director for Drake’s student radio station, 94 1 The Dog, from 2010-2012.
A native of Madison, Wis., Harrison graduated from Drake with a bachelor degree in journalism in 2012.