|Position:||Associate Athletic Communications Director (WSOC, T&F, XC, Rifle, LAX, Secondary FB/BKB)|
Brad Salois, the Associate Athletic Communications Director, joined the VMI staff in January of 2008.
Salois serves as the SID for baseball, women's soccer, swimming and diving and all disciplines of track and field and cross country. In addition, he serves as the secondary contact for football and basketball, including the publication of nearly all written material for the two sports, as well as occasional radio roles for Keydet hoops. As of December 2014, he is the SID contact for the Cadet-Athlete Development department as well, editing and posting information provided by that office as needed.
Perhaps the hallmark of Salois' time at VMI has been his ability to fill many different roles. Three times during his stay at the Institute, Salois acted as the day to day contact for 13-16 sports at the same time, with the precise number depending on the year.
When the SID office was fully staffed, Salois engaged with media and the public in a number of ways, including through developing the office's first social media presence in 2009, utilizing blogging for the first time in department history - beginning with the 2008 MAAC Lacrosse Championships - and hosting, editing and producing the first podcast in VMI Athletics history, "Around the Bases", for VMI baseball in the spring of 2015.
Salois has also served as a radio broadcaster, with a focus on baseball, and photographer, in addition to more traditional SID duties. For example, Salois has successfully nominated four athletes - David Geary, Cabell Willis, Luke Phillips and the late Carrie Wortham - for CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, marking four of just 25 Keydets to earn that honor since 1976 and the only four to be so honored during Salois' time at VMI.
Salois has also been a part of further innovation at the Institute. He reacted to NCAA media guide legislation by expanding a push in place in the department to go to a video-based media guide system, and in the process, helped save over a thousand dollars per guide on average. He also developed a summer blog, "Logging Miles", that covered summer furlough training for VMI cross country runners and was written by two runners. The blog, the only one of its kind in the region, ran for three summers and was positively received.
In addition, when possible, Salois has also worked with alumni and alumnae in his sports to expand coverage on their ongoing athletic exploits, filling a vacancy in coverage of VMI athletics that had been there for some time. In the process, he has helped keep Keydet faithful up to date on multiple MLB draft picks, including Adam Lopez, Coby Cowgill and Reed Garrett, as well as Olympic track and field contender Donnie Cowart.
Salois has also been a part of some of the best moments in recent VMI athletic history, including Garrett's 2014 no-hitter at Gray-Minor Stadium and VMI's win at eventual College World Series runner-up Virginia just four days later. He also worked with VMI baseball's first conference player of the year, Rob Dickinson, in 2013, and helped publicize two of the best VMI runners in the history of the track and field program, Cowart and four-time national qualifier Felix Kitur. He has been part of the lead administrative group for three conference championships, the 2011 Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the 2011 Big South Baseball Championships and the 2014 Big South Cross Country Championships.
Salois came to VMI from Liberty, where he was involved in the Athletic Media Relations office as a student worker for three years, including six months as an intern where he learned his craft from a nationally known track and field SID and a former President of the NCBWA, among others. During those six months, he was the main contact for the men's and women's tennis programs, as well as the secondary contact for the baseball program. During his time in Lynchburg, Salois also acted as a PA announcer at various Liberty athletic events, including baseball, and assisted in other capacities throughout the media relations department.
Salois graduated from Liberty in 2007 with a B.S. in Sport Management. He is originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, and enjoys following his beloved Texas Rangers.
In May of 2012, he was in the stands at Camden Yards when outfielder Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in one game against the Orioles, tying a major league record, and in July of 2013, he was present for the first two games of four consecutive walk-off wins (all by home run) for Texas over the Los Angeles Angels. That was the first time in major league history one team had beaten another with a walkoff home run four straight times.
Salois and his wife, Kari, were married in July of 2016.