Will Stafford enters his seventh year as a member of the LSU Sports Information staff as he serves as associate SID in charge of the national champion men’s and women’s track and field programs, as well as the men’s golf and women’s soccer programs.
Stafford is a native of Franklinton, La., and a 2006 graduate of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.
Prior to receiving a full-time position at LSU, Stafford served as a graduate assistant with the sports information staff for two years while completing a master’s degree in sport management in the summer of 2008. In addition, he served as a student assistant at LSU for four years from 2003-06.
Stafford’s media guides have been judged in the top five in the country on nine occasions by the College Sports Information Directors of America. This includes the fifth-ranked men’s track and field guide in 2007; the third-ranked men’s golf, fourth-ranked women’s soccer and fourth-ranked women’s track and field guides in 2008; the second-ranked men’s golf and third-ranked women’s track and field guides in 2009; the second-ranked track and field guide in 2011; and the second-ranked men’s golf and third-ranked track and field guide in 2012.
In addition, four of Stafford’s media guides have received the “Best Cover” honor as the nation’s top design, including track and field in 2007, 2009 and 2011, and men’s golf in 2009.
In June 2014, Stafford was announced as the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Communications Award presented annually by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA announced his selection leading up to the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Eugene, Oregon.
He and his wife of four years, the former Claire Adams of Baton Rouge, were married on July 24, 2010, in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, and have one son, 7-month-old Liam Stafford.