Council will help provide opportunities to Knights.
Doug Richards joined the UCF Athletics staff in January 2005 and currently leads the day-to-day media relations efforts for the athletics communications office. He supervises a staff of four full-time employees and a dozen student interns.
He serves as the media relations contact for the men's basketball, men's soccer and men's tennis programs, while also assisting with football duties. He was promoted to director of athletics communications in July 2011.
Richards provides communications support to UCF's revenue-generating units, including marketing, ticket sales and development. He directs UCF's sport-specific social media accounts.
Richards serves as the editor of UCF's official magazine, Knights Insider, and the football gameday program. He also manages the promotion UCF's television and radio shows, while helping manage content development.
He has also worked with UCF's men's golf, rowing, cross country and volleyball teams.
Prior to working with the Knights, Richards served as an assistant manager of athletic media relations at Maine. While at Maine, he managed the publicity for the Black Bear football, women's basketball and volleyball teams.
Before moving to Maine, he spent a year as a communications assistant at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. Richards directed the league's publicity efforts for women's soccer, cross country, softball, track and field, women's rowing and women's lacrosse. He also assisted with men's basketball and football.
Richards earned his bachelor's degree in advertising/public relations from UCF in 2003. During his time as a student at UCF, he managed media relations for the men's and women's tennis programs.
Richards and his wife, Jessica, have a son, Gordon, who was born July 2007 and a daughter, Winnie, who was born April 2012.