Athletics Communications

The University of Notre Dame Athletics Communications office, a part of Fighting Irish Media (FIM), has finalized its staff for the 2023-24 school year. The award-winning unit boasts four former collegiate student-athletes to the team and continues to work with over 700 student-athletes and service hundreds of media members each year.

Under the leadership of University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick, FIM earned Hashtag Sports’ Best in Sports Communication Strategy award in 2022 for its work during the football coaching transition in late 2021. Additionally, the team was named finalists in the “crisis communications” category from Provoke Media during their yearly Sabre Awards honoring the best in public relations (PR).

The following are members of the communications team dedicated to educating, elevating and empowering our student-athletes, coaches and staff on a daily basis in relations to PR, media relations, brand building, marketing and more.

Aaron Horvath

Advisor to the Director of Athletics

Senior Associate Athletics Director – Media, Brand and Communications

  • Communications contact for Director of Athletics

A native of northern Indiana, Horvath is entering his ninth year in South Bend, holding five different positions during his tenure. A 2011 graduate of Indiana University, he went on to receive his M.B.A. in 2015. Horvath resides in South Bend with his wife, Lauren, and dog, Doug(las).

Katy Lonergan

Associate Athletics Director – Strategic and Football Communications


  • Primary Football Communications and Strategy
  • Athletic Department Strategic Communications

A native of Kansas City, Lonergan is in her fourth year with Fighting Irish Media after previous stops at the University of Kansas (KU) and Ole Miss. Lonergan holds a bachelor’s degree from KU and is a dog mom to Archie, the Golden Receiver, and Eli, the Wide Retriever. 

Alan Wasielewski

Assistant Athletics Director – Team Communications


  • Athletic Communications Team Leader
  • Football Media Operations (credentials, parking, game notes)
  • Rowing

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Wasielewski is in his 23rd year with the Notre Dame Athletics Department and has spent time in both the athletic communication and video production branches of Fighting Irish Media. A Notre Dame graduate, Wasielewski spent time in the Navy prior to attending Our Lady’s University.

Claire Kramer

Senior Associate Athletics Communications Director


  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Special Projects

A 2018 University of Notre Dame graduate, Kramer returns to the Notre Dame Athletics Communications Office after a year as a public relations manager at Populous in Kansas City.  Kramer worked at Notre Dame from 2019-21 after an internship with the Baltimore Ravens. 

Josh Bates

Associate Athletics Communications Director


  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Awards Liaison

A St. Louis native, Bates is entering his seventh year at Notre Dame. He earned both his bachelor’s (2011) and master’s degrees (2014) from the University of Illinois. He has worked at Illinois and Tulane prior to Notre Dame.

Robby Hamman

Associate Athletics Communications Director


  • Men’s Soccer
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Men’s and Women’s Fencing
  • Student Worker Program

An Indiana native, Hamman is entering his eighth season with Fighting Irish Media after stops at Penn State, Oklahoma, Mercer and Defiance College. A former collegiate student-athlete at Bethel University, Hamman obtained his M.B.A. in 2013.

Katherine Harvath

Associate Athletics Communications Director


  • Hockey
  • Women’s Lacrosse

Harvath, who was previously an intern in the Athletic Communications Office from 2017-2019, returned to Notre Dame for the 2022-23 season following stints at Vanderbilt and Northern Michigan. Harvath earned her bachelor’s degree (2018) from Bowling Green State University and was also a member of the figure skating program.

Ashton Pollard

Associate Athletics Communications Director


  • Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Pollard, originally from Richmond, Virginia,  joined the Fighting Irish Media team in September of 2022 after covering Notre Dame football and baseball as a journalist. A former swimming student-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, Pollard went on to receive her masters degree from Medill at Northwestern University in 2021.

Alyson Prigge

Associate Athletics Communications Director


  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country, Track and Field
  • Men’s and Women’s Golf
  • Secondary Men’s and Women’s Basketball

Born and raised in Northwest Ohio, Prigge joined Fighting Irish Media in August of 2022 after covering Grand Valley State athletics in Grand Rapids, MI. She is a 2020 graduate of Goshen College where she was a member of the women’s basketball team.

Dan Wacker

Associate Athletics Communications Director


  • Football
  • Softball
  • Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis

Wacker is entering his third season with Fighting Irish Media, working with the football, men’s and women’s tennis and softball programs. A Wisconsin native, Wacker came to Notre Dame after previous stops at the University of Richmond, UNC Greensboro and Indiana State.