Zak Gilbert enters his fifth season in Colorado State's athletic department. He officially joined the university on July 2, 2007.
The media relations staff, including two assistant directors, one part-time assistant and 15 student-assistants, is responsible for the publicity of all 16 intercollegiate sports, including press releases, game notes, media guides and national honors campaigns. The office also manages content and maintenance of the department's official Web site (CSURams.com), press credentials, press conferences, and press-box and press-row operations, while serving as a liaison between the local and national media and the athletic department.
Gilbert, 36, is only the second person to direct CSU's media relations over the last three decades. In a 2007 restructuring of the office, he replaced senior associate athletic director Gary Ozzello, who gave up day-to-day media relations responsibilities in order to focus on all of CSU's external relations efforts, including media relations. In addition to the overall staff operation, Gilbert works directly with the Rams' football, women's tennis and women's golf programs.
Gilbert returned to Fort Collins, his hometown, after six years in the Green Bay Packers public relations department, where among an assortment of duties he served as chief publicist for Brett Favre, the NFL's all-time leader in nearly every career passing category, including wins by a starting quarterback.
Prior to his time in Titletown, Gilbert worked nearly four seasons (1998-2001) in the Colorado Rockies communications department. He also interned in the Super Bowl XXXII champion Denver Broncos PR department (1997) and wrote for the Boulder Daily Camera and Associated Press. And, during college, he worked every semester in the University of Colorado's athletic media relations office, where he served as chief undergraduate assistant for football during a four-year period that saw the Buffaloes win a Heisman Trophy, Butkus Award and Thorpe Award.
He earned a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Colorado in December of 1997.
Born in Aurora, Colo., Gilbert graduated in 1994 from Fort Collins High School, where he lettered in football, served as the sports editor for his school paper, and delivered a commencement speech at Moby Arena.
He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Fort Collins with their three children, Ashlynn, Braden and Caitlynn, whom the couple adopted as a baby in 2006. He and his wife have taken classes toward foster-parent certification. Gilbert volunteers at Timberline Church as a small-group leader, a marriage mentor, and as a host for the annual Bridge outreach to assist less-fortunate families in the community. He also coaches baseball during the summer and is involved with Athletes in Action on campus.