Pete McHugh Joins Athletic Department Staff
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College Athletic Director Bob Byrnes has announced the hiring of Pete McHugh as the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletics Communications. McHugh will direct all aspects of Manhattan’s athletics communications department, serving as the lead media relations contact for the Jaspers’ 19 intercollegiate athletics programs.
“Pete brings a wealth of athletic communications experience at the collegiate level,” Senior Associate Athletic Director Noah LeFevre said. “We are very much looking forward to having him be part of the Jasper team.”
McHugh joins Manhattan from the New York Health & Racquet Club, where he was the Communications Manager for the company, which owns and operates 10 full-scale fitness facilities in Manhattan and Long Island. He oversaw the latest overhaul of nyhrc.com and served as the main media relations contact for the organization.
Prior to his time at New York Health & Racquet Club, McHugh worked in the sports information/media relations department at Columbia University. For four years, he was the main media relations contact for Columbia’s men's basketball, baseball, fencing and rowing teams. He also worked with the Lions’ women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, golf and wrestling teams during his seven-year tenure.
At Columbia, McHugh spearheaded a redesign of gocolumbialions.com and launched several initiatives designed to add content and drive users to the site, including student-athlete features, interviews with head coaches and the addition of Columbia Athletics’ presence on social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
He also oversaw the layout and design of Columbia’s Lions Den magazine, a publication produced six times a year and distributed to thousands of Columbia athletics alumni, students, parents and friends.
McHugh began his career as the assistant sports information director at Manhattan in 2004-05, when he was the main contact for the Jaspers’ volleyball, women’s basketball, swimming and men’s lacrosse teams.
“I want to thank Bob Byrnes and Noah LeFevre for the opportunity to join the team,” McHugh said. “I am truly excited to return to Manhattan College and have the opportunity to work with the excellent coaches, student-athletes and administration here.”
A Riverdale native, McHugh owns a Master’s degree in Sports Management from Columbia and a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.