Matt Plizga joined the Duke athletic department in July of 2001 and serves as a Senior Associate Sports Information Director. Prior to being elevated to his current position in July of 2015, he spent two years as a staff assistant, four years as an Assistant SID and eight years as an Associate SID.
Plizga handles all media activities relating to the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs. During his tenure at Duke, Plizga has also worked with the football, women’s lacrosse, field hockey, fencing, rowing, volleyball, women’s basketball and wrestling programs.
Plizga graduated from Penn State Erie - The Behrend College in 1999 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies. He was a four-year letterman on the men’s basketball team, helping the Lions to the 1999 ECAC Championship. As an undergrad, Plizga performed an internship in the sports information office and was the sports editor of the school paper for three years.
Upon graduation, he served a two-year graduate assistantship at Edinboro University, earning a master’s degree in speech and communication studies. At Edinboro, he worked with the volleyball, women’s basketball and softball programs, while also assisting with men’s basketball, football, wrestling and baseball. Plizga also worked the sports desk at the Erie Daily Times and did other freelance work for various sports publications during grad school.
A Windsor, Ohio, native, Plizga resides in Durham with his wife, Erin, and their two sons, Zander and Zachary.