Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, announced today that Gina Chappin has been named Senior Director of Communications and Brand Management for the playoff.
Chappin is owner of Dolce Sports Media, whose contracts include overseeing media operations for the 100th Rose Bowl Game and the 16th BCS National Championship Game, both to be played in Pasadena, Calif. in January 2014.
Chappin has facilitated media relations and branding efforts for the Rose Bowl Game since 2007. At that time, she became the first full-time, senior staff member for media relations in the history of the Rose Bowl Game along with becoming the first female director of media for a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game. Among other duties, she manages the games day-to-day public relations efforts, media messaging and communications strategy, collateral design and implementation and game-week media services.
Prior to joining the Rose Bowl Game staff, Chappin served in a similar capacity for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl from 2000-2007. A 1999 graduate of the University of Arizona, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
Chappin has managed media operations at bowl games featuring more than 30 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and eight conferences. She has had a major role in media services for three national championship games in Arizona and California. A member of several professional organizations, Chappin has received numerous awards for her execution of media relations and brand management.
“Gina is a perfect fit to join our team in implementing the College Football Playoff,” said Hancock. “Her extraordinary skills and personality have earned her the respect of journalists, coaches, conference commissioners and others. We are delighted that she will be joining us, and also pleased that she will continue to be the lead communications person for this years Rose Bowl Game and BCS National Championship Game.”
“I look forward to becoming a member of a very talented team in such a pivotal time in college football,” Chappin said. “The year-round, national attention surrounding this sport has witnessed unprecedented interest, and we are certainly on the brink of elevating the postseason to an even higher level. It will be an honor to be involved with the inception of the College Football Playoff.”
Chappin will join Hancock, Chief Operating Officer Michael Kelly and Chief Financial Officer Reid Sigmon at the group’s new headquarters in Irving, Texas. Chappin will officially start her new role in February 2014.
“Gina has been a tremendous asset to the Rose Bowl Game,” said Kevin Ash, Chief Administrative Officer for the Rose Bowl Game. “She is one of the most respected individuals in the industry and has earned an excellent reputation for her professionalism, attention to detail and expertise. I have no doubt her contributions to the College Football Playoff will be significant and look forward to continuing working together.”
About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-15 season. The semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 will face No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The first semifinals will be January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game will be January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.