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Scarlet Knights Football Administration

Senior Associate Director/Chief Communications Officer

Jason Baum is in his ninth year as a member of the Rutgers athletics department and enters his third year in his current position as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Communications Officer. As a member of the senior staff, Baum oversees the Office of Athletic Communications, the department’s official athletics website ScarletKnights.com, the online digital network of Rutgers Athletics (RVision) and all broadcast opportunities (television, radio and Internet) for the athletic department. He is the primary media contact for the Rutgers football program and the department’s primary spokesman. He is also the executive producer of the “RFootball Show” and the “15 Days of Spring” documentaries on the Rutgers football program.
Since arriving at Rutgers, Baum has successfully promoted 17 student-athletes who earned football All-America honors, including Ray Rice, who finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2006 and was a finalist for the Maxwell Award. In 2009, the Football Writers Association of America introduced its Super 11 Awards, designed to identify and reward the sports information departments and programs that exemplified excellent media relations. The Rutgers Athletic Communications Office earned Super 11 accolades in 2009 and 2010.
Two areas of development under Baum’s watch at Rutgers are the growth of RU’s social media outlets and RVision. Baum created the budget and vision for the network by saving on the cost of printed media guides and allowed all of Rutgers’ athletic teams to gain an increase in exposure. Rutgers was also the first school in the nation to broadcast its football Pro Day live on the Internet in 2010. Currently, RVision produces over 150 live events annually.
Baum has served as the primary football media contact for two national coaches of the year – Greg Schiano at Rutgers in 2006 and George O’Leary at the University of Central Florida in 2005. Prior to Rutgers, Baum spent five years at UCF where he served as the primary contact for football and baseball along with men’s and women’s golf. Before arriving at UCF, Baum spent two years at the University of Maryland working with the football program along with baseball, volleyball and swimming and diving. The York, Pa., native got his start in Athletic Communications as a student assistant at West Virginia University. Baum is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and CoSIDA.
A 2000 graduate of West Virginia, Baum and his wife Andrea reside in New Brunswick.

Director of Athletic Relations

Gene Bataille is currently the Director of Athletic Relations for the Rutgers Athletics. In his current position, he mentors student-athletes in general life skills and providing guidance for their personal development. Bataille served in the same role with the Rutgers football program since 2007 before expanding his current role in the summer of 2012.
He supervises and works with local and away police departments regarding advanced security for all football events. Bataille also is the NFL liaison, organizing annual NFL Pro Day, where players are showcased for visiting NFL team scouts. Bataille also is a guest speaker / instructor for various Rutgers classes.
Bataille served for over 25 years as a Police Officer in the roles of Patrolman and Detective for four New Jersey Law Enforcement Agencies in the Middlesex County area. During this time, he served in the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit, FBI Organized CrimeDrug Enforcement Task Force, Gang Unit and gained significant experience in the areas of collection and preservation of evidence, investigative techniques, forensic photography, arson/crime scene investigation, homicide/death investigation, fundamental and advanced usage of equipment such as latent fingerprinting equipment.
Bataille is a National Gang Specialist with the Gang Resistance Education and Training program, instructor and a member of the G.R.E.A.T. National Training Team. Bataille is also a Board Member for the G.R.E.A.T foundation.
Bataille attended Glassboro State College. In his spare time, Bataille enjoys riding his Harley, boating and spending time with his family, Joann and children, Jason, his wife Jackie, Tommy, Jimmy, Jeffrey and Meghan.

Director of Player Development

Fred Mariani joined the Rutgers football program in February of 2009. Mariani came to Rutgers after serving as the head football coach at Iona College for 11 seasons.
During his tenure as head coach of the Gaels, Mariani guided the program to 46 victories; including a 7-4 record and a share of the MAAC Football League Championship in 2007.
Prior to accepting his first head coaching position at Iona, Mariani served as the Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator at Fordham University from 1994-97.
Mariani spent six seasons as the Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Lehigh University before his stint at Fordham. Mariani's first Division I-AA coaching position came at Morehead State University, where he was named the Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator.
Mariani began his coaching career at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he also enjoyed a standout playing career as the starting guard for the Puma’s. He joined the staff in 1974 and helped guide St. Joseph’s to three conference titles (1976, 1977 and 1979) as the Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach. Mariani was inducted into the St. Joseph’s College Hall of Fame in 1999.
Mariani began his football career as an offensive lineman at Don Bosco Prep. As a three-year letterman, Mariani helped guide Don Bosco to two-straight New Jersey State championships (1969-1970).
Mariani resides in Saddle River, N.J. His daughter, Brook, is a graduate of Iona.

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