USATF’s Surber to trade one oval for another
In his time at USATF, he’s seen five different administrations in the White House, all but one IAAF World Championships in Athletics and more changes in USATF bylaws and USA team staffs than a sensible person would consider shaking a stick at.
But in two weeks, USA Track & Field’s longest-tenured employee, Media Information Manager Tom Surber, will move from the oval of one track to another. He will begin the next phase of his career on March 21 when he assumes the role of Public Relations Media Manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400.
Surber has been with USATF since May of 1987, managing media relations and media services for USATF. He also has overseen USATF’s Hall of Fame selection process, historical filmography and has been a lead writer of athlete features. He brainstormed a reunion between the families of Jesse Owens and Luz Long in 2009 and has brought his knowledge of the history of the sport to his daily work.
“Tom is a one-of-a-kind at USATF,” said USATF Chief Public Affairs Officer Jill Geer, “and we certainly can’t replace 24 years of experience. Tom has seen the best and the worst the sport has to offer, and through all of it, he has been nothing but fully committed to this sport and our athletes. We are glad he’ll be just a short drive down the street, and we won’t let him forget about us. We’ll miss his daily presence in our office, if not his Notre Dame Fight Song ring tone on his cell phone. Our loss is the Speedway’s gain.”