Jonathan Gantt headshotWith football season under way, we want to highlight a superstar in the  Clemson Athletics department. This husband and father has made an outstanding impact on Clemson Athletics’ digital media efforts. Earlier this year, his social media team was one of five finalists for “Best in Sports Social Media” at the Sports Business Awards. He’s always thinking of new ways to tell Clemson’s story. Meet the ever-creative Jonathan Gantt.

Years at Clemson: 2.5

What I do at Clemson: Okay, this is a bit of a mouthful… director of new and creative media for Clemson Athletics and co-director of the Center of Excellence for Next-Generation Computing and Creativity. Long story short: I set digital strategy and serve as creative director for Clemson Athletics as well as provide guidance in storytelling and digital marketing for students, faculty and other university groups through the Center of Excellence.

What I love about Clemson: Personally: Raising two daughters in such a special community. Professionally: The global reach we can have because of Clemson’s strong reputation and the collaborative opportunities provided by the university.

Something most people don’t know about Clemson Athletics: We collaborate with faculty, staff and students across campus. Clemson students play significant roles in our department, making a big impact on what we do while gaining great industry experience that helps them get better jobs.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of:  Personally: Marrying my wife. Professionally: the students who have gotten amazing career opportunities after working in our office.

Where I see myself in five years: Being the assistant coach for my oldest daughter’s youth soccer team.

Last thing I watched on TV: I love watching movies. A few months ago, my wife and daughters treated me to a Father’s Day movie marathon. So we watched “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story” and “Up” with the kids and then a couple Tarantino movies on my own — great way to spend Father’s Day!

Guilty pleasure: Desserts-I try not to buy any from the grocery store because I have no willpower haha.

One thing most people don’t know about me: In 2010, after I accepted a new position with Ripken Baseball in Maryland, my wife and I were driving a U-Haul through Florida when I got a phone call from the vice president of communications with the Tampa Bay Rays offering me a job in its communications department. I called Ripken; we turned the U-Haul (and our lives) around and spent three wonderful years in Tampa living out a dream working in Major League Baseball!

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