Gary Ozzello enters his 36th year in the Colorado State athletic department. He became a full-time employee on June 1, 1978.
Promoted to senior associate athletic director for external operations in the summer of 2003, Ozzello oversees the Rams' marketing, promotions, licensing and media relations efforts, as well as the ticket office. He also serves as the chief liaison to Nelligan Sports Marketing and works closely with the athletic development, donor relations and special events offices.
Ozzello, 56, had directed the day-to-day operations of Colorado State's media relations office for 28 years, until that wing in the summer of 2007, allowing Ozzello to focus on supervising all of the athletic department's external affairs.
In April of 2000, then-President Albert C. Yates presented Ozzello with the university's Distinguished Alumni Award.
During nearly three decades directing media relations, including a tenure as an assistant athletic director (1986-2003), Ozzello publicized hundreds of outstanding CSU accomplishments. In addition, he served as the media coordinator for the 1999 NCAA men's basketball regional, and the 2004 tournament's first and second rounds, both in Denver. He also was a member of the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival media staff and has volunteered at three men's basketball Final Fours, and more than a dozen regional and first- and second-round events.
Shortly after earning his degree, Ozzello joined the media relations office as its first-ever assistant director, in the summer of 1978. After his supervisor, Mike Mills, resigned in October 1979, Ozzello assumed acting sports information director duties for eight months before then-athletic director Fum McGraw removed the interim label from his title on June 27, 1980. One of Ozzello's first responsibilities was to promote the football team, whose quarterback was Steve Fairchild, now CSU's head coach. While earning his degree, he worked four years as a student assistant, originally hired by then-SID Tim Simmons.
Sold on Fort Collins and Colorado State as a junior in high school, Ozzello made his college choice after attending a summer basketball camp run by the late legendary Rams coach Jim Williams. A 1978 graduate, he owns a bachelor's degree in technical journalism, with a concentration in public relations. One of his fellow Class of '78 graduates at CSU was Bill Ritter, now Colorado's governor.
Born in Trinidad, Colo., Ozzello graduated in 1974 from La Junta (Colo.) High School, where was a standout athlete in both baseball and basketball.
Gary has two children, D.J., who graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State in May of 2010, and daughter Angie, who is a junior at CSU majoring health and exercise science with a concentration in health promotion. D.J. was married to the former Kelsey Thornton in 2010, and is enrolled in medical school.