Craig Kaufman was hired as the Director of Athletic Communications at Amherst College in October of 2017.
In joining Amherst, Kaufman returns to his NESCAC roots. He got his start in the sports information field at his alma mater of Tufts University, where he received his Bachelor's of Arts in English in 2009.
For more than four years, Kaufman was the Director of Sports Information at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. Since joining Mount Ida in 2013, Kaufman directed the transformation of the sports information office to be on the cutting edge of those across the country. He guided the department through two redesigns of the athletics website, created and cultivated a following on social media with an engagement percentage far above the national average, and introduced new ways for fans to enjoy games, including streaming in high definition with experienced broadcasters and joining with the campus's commitment to sustainability by moving to digital game programs.
A native of Peabody, Mass., Kaufman made the move to Mount Ida after two years as a graduate assistant at Endicott College, where he served as the primary contact for nine sports and also received his Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration. He covered an Endicott baseball team that reached the championship game of the NCAA Division III New England Regional in Harwich, Mass., where he also served as an official scorer for three years.
Before returning to the North Shore, Kaufman served a year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was responsible for 10 of the Engineer’s sports, and also sat on the steering committee for the 2010 NEWMAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships and MIT's 150th Anniversary convocation and served as tournament director for the NEWMAC men's tennis tournament.
After graduating from Tufts, he stayed with the Jumbos as a Sports Information intern, providing coverage of the men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball teams. He was the on-site reporter to both the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the NCAA as Tufts hosted both the conference and regional volleyball tournaments.
In January of 2010, Kaufman left Massachusetts to take the job as Assistant Sports Information Director at Louisiana College in Pineville, La. He served as the primary contact for a nationally ranked women's basketball team and the top-ranked softball team in the country for eight weeks straight, while also working with the men's basketball and baseball teams.
A member of both CoSIDA and ECAC-SIDA, Kaufman will serve as co-host of the 2019 ECAC-SIDA annual workshop in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Kaufman also serves as the publicist for the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA), coordinating the weekly polls and the All-New England preseason and postseason teams. Other work has included serving as Communications Coordinator of the Bay State Games in 2012, spending three seasons as the Boston Bruins correspondent for hockey legend Stan Fischler's weekly magazine, The Fischler Report, and working two summers as the official scorer for the North Shore Navigators in Lynn, Mass., 2010 champions of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
He currently resides in Northampton, Massachusetts, and will be joined there by his fiancee Leah after the two marry this November.