Rod Black is in his first year at UAB as an assistant athletics media relations director, serving as the secondary contact for football in addition to primary duties for women's basketball, women's golf, women's tennis and sand volleyball.
Black comes to Birmingham after a spending one year at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he served as the Charger's assistant sports information director, covering women's basketball, baseball, volleyball, track and field and cross country.
Before joining UAH, Black was an intern the University of North Florida during the 2010-11 academic year. While at UNF, he functioned as the contact for the softball, women's soccer and cross country and track and field teams, and assisted in gameday duties with the basketball teams. In addition to working with those sports, Black directed the media efforts for the 2010 Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Conference Championships.
Prior to joining North Florida, Black worked as a student assistant and graduate assistant for three years in the athletic media relations department at the University of Alabama, where he served as the contact for the nationally-ranked men's and women's cross country and track and field teams and worked extensively with the Crimson Tide 2009 national champion football team. While at Alabama, Black served as the media coordinator for the 2009 NCAA South Region Cross Country Championships and assisted with media efforts at the 2010 SEC Women's Golf Tournament.
Outside of athletics, he worked as a public relations specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Birmingham, Ala., after the April 2011 tornado outbreak.
The Decatur, Ala., native is a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama, where he competed on the cross country and track and field teams during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Black received a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science in 2008 before earning a Master of Arts in sport management from Alabama in 2010.
Black and his wife, the former Landra Meagher of Albany, Ga., reside in Homewood, Ala.