Matt Slieter is an associate athletic communications director and the contact for men's basketball and men's and women's golf teams. Slieter directs all public relations efforts for the Golden Gophers, as well as head basketball coach Tubby Smith.
Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota Athletic Communications Department, Slieter spent four years as a key figure on the public relations staff of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. He started as an intern and worked his way up through the ranks, eventually overseeing the public relations efforts of the Minnesota Lynx and becoming the No. 2 contact with the Timberwolves' public relations staff.
While with the organization, Slieter worked extensively with the players and local media, oversaw the team's greater Minnesota public relations efforts, compiled team media guides and supervised staff and other interns.
Slieter's career in athletics began at the Continental Basketball Association's league office in Phoenix, Ariz., as a media relations assistant. In this role he was responsible for building media contacts, pitching stories, working on the team level with public relations staffs and writing, editing and designing the league's media guide.
From there Slieter moved on to the Shakopee Valley News and Savage Pacer as the sports editor and staff writer. With those papers, Slieter worked the local sports beat as a writer, editor and photographer and also worked on the papers' design.
A native of Owatonna, Minn., Slieter received his bachelor's degree in sports management from Minnesota in 1999 and added a master's degree in sports management from the "U" in 2002.
Slieter currently resides in Savage with his wife, Kelly, and their daughters, Emily and Abigail.
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