Stayson Isobe enters his second year as the Assistant Director for Athletics Communications at Northern Arizona University and his fourth year overall at NAU. He serves as the primary media contact for the volleyball, women's basketball and swimming & diving programs. In addition to handling the day-to-day media coverage of his primary sports, he assists the director with the coverage of all 15 intercollegiate sports at NAU and serves as the play-by-play voice for the women's basketball team for conference road games.
In his first year as the Assistant Director, Isobe chronicled Amanda Frost's record breaking and All-American season for the women's basketball team. He also handled the publicity efforts during the swimming & diving team's journey to their first ever Western Athletic Conference title in school history.
He previously spent two years as a Media Relations Graduate Assistant in the NAU Sports Information Department. As a graduate assistant, Isobe served as the primary media contact for the women's soccer and men's and women's tennis teams. His promotional efforts helped the soccer team land its first two CoSIDA/Capital One All-District Selections since 2010. Isobe also started a partnership with Azkicksit.com, a website dedicated to promoting soccer within the state of Arizona, which led to expanded media coverage for the team. He also increased the media efforts for the NAU tennis teams and created the programs' first ever live scoring coverage, providing fans the opportunity to follow the teams' matches with live updates.
Isobe joined the Sports Information Department at Northern Arizona after earning his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Mathematics with a minor in Japanese from NAU in 2011. During his undergraduate career, he worked as a sports reporter for the campus newspaper, The Lumberjack, and ascended to Assistant Sports Editor in his senior year. There, his main duties were covering the women's soccer and women's basketball teams as the primary beat reporter. His work with the women's soccer program included coverage of the program's first three Big Sky championships and two NCAA Women's College Cup appearances.
In addition to his reporting work, Isobe also appeared on The Lumberjack's weekly sports talk show, Jacked Up, where he discussed the news and activities of the Northern Arizona athletic teams.
Isobe, a native of Waipahu, Hawaii, recently earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from NAU in May 2013.