Russell Dorn joined the Notre Dame athletic media relations department in August of 2011 as an athletic media relations assistant after two years as a graduate assistant in the athletic media relations office at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Entering his second year with Notre Dame, Dorn is the primary contact for the following sports: volleyball, cross country, women's swimming and diving, track and field, men's tennis and women's lacrosse. He is the secondary contact for women's basketball, after serving as the co-contact for women's lacrosse and secondary contact for men's soccer during his first year.
During the 2011-2012 school year, Dorn helped coordinate the media relations efforts for nine teams that advanced to NCAA Tournament or Championship play. He also worked football and men's and women's basketball games and traveled with softball during its spring break trip to California and its BIG EAST-opening series against Georgetown.
In January 2012, Dorn worked Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis as a media relations assistant.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Dorn spent two years at Georgia State, where he earned his master's degree in sports administration, while serving as the primary contact for cross country, track and field, and softball. He also was the primary contact for volleyball for one season. With the Panthers, Dorn provided media coverage for the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion GSU softball and women's track and field teams and also worked game days during the inaugural 2010 GSU football season.
During his spare time in Atlanta, Dorn also worked game days with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons for two seasons.
Before Georgia State, Dorn was a media relations assistant at the Southern Conference in Spartanburg, S.C. There, he was the primary contact for cross country, volleyball, wrestling, track and field and softball. He was also the administrator for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll.
While at the SoCon, Dorn worked the 2008 FCS National Championship game, and first and second round games of the 2009 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship held in Chattanooga, Tenn. Dorn also worked game days for the NFL's Carolina Panthers during the 2008 season.
Dorn graduated from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in history. While at Furman, Dorn was the sports editor of the school's student newspaper, The Paladin, for two years, worked at the town's local newspaper, The Greenville News, as a sports clerk for a year, and worked game days for Furman football for two seasons. A member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Dorn served as the fraternity's Risk Management Chair as a junior.
Born in Greenwood, S.C., Dorn now lives in South Bend.