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Marissa Malson

Director of Digital Marketing
Phone: (616) 774-4585 ext. 3011

Number of seasons with the Griffins (through 2017-18): 5

What you love most about working for the Griffins: The excitement of game days.

Favorite Griffins memory: Growing up and spending every New Year’s Eve at the Van Andel watching the Griffins.

Best thing about your job: Every day is different!

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and Spain

College degree/year/school: I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with B.A. degrees in Communication/Journalism and Spanish and a minor in International Business.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mia Hamm, Peyton Manning, Reggie Miller

Personal/professional hero(es): Bonnie Bernstein and Robin Roberts. I admire what they have done for women working in sports.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A sideline reporter for ESPN. I had a practice microphone and everything.

First job/your age: Soccer referee when I was 16.

Current dream job: This is it! I’m working in sports in my hometown. Can’t get more perfect than that.

Other sports teams you've worked for: Indianapolis Colts, University of Dayton Flyers Athletic Department

Most memorable on-the-job mistake/embarrassing moment: At the Colts, I was helping with an on-field promotion during a pre-season game against the Packers and Green Bay came out of the locker room early. I was so focused on the promotion I didn’t realize they were on the field already and I ended up being surrounded by their defense and almost walked smack into Clay Matthews. I probably looked like a deer in the headlights.

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: I lived in Spain for two summers and traveled all over the country. One of the most memorable experiences was going to the Running of the Bulls.

Sports played growing up: Soccer

Favorite foods: Steak and garlic mashed potatoes. And Domino’s Pizza—I’ve got them on speed dial.

Favorite music artists: Maroon 5, OneRepublic and Sam Hunt

Favorite sports movie: The Big Green and Hoosiers

Favorite book or author: The Secret Life of Bees, The Help and The Other Boleyn Girl

Favorite subject in elementary school: Spanish

Favorite spectator sports: I love them all, but I could watch every NFL game all season and not get tired of it.

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Griffins): Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Hoosiers, Dayton Flyers

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Slalom water-skiing, wine tasting, reading, traveling, watching sports, spending time with my family and friends.