By Nick Wojton, contributing writer
OSWEGO, NY – For newly hired sports information director at SUNY Oswego Michael Bielak, a part-time job during college led him into a career in the Oswego area which may turn into a perfect match; both have a strong drive for athletics and even winter weather.
Having attended Bishop Grimes prep school in Syracuse, Bielak headed to St. John Fisher for his undergraduate studies.
As a student there, a part-time job offer from his advisor eventually led him to SUNY Oswego.
“My advisor, Norm Kieffer, was sports information director at Fisher,” Bielak said. “I didn’t even know what sports information was in the beginning, but then I got into it.”
Bielak worked under Kieffer for three years as a student assistant until accepting a position as graduate assistant in 2011; the last position he held prior to replacing recent departure, Adele Burk, in the Oswego State Sports Information Department.
“Coming to a program with a history of national championships is exciting and another challenge for me in my career,” Bielak said. “I’m looking forward to working with the coaches and the people in Oswego.”
Being from Syracuse, Bielak said he’s a Syracuse Orange football, basketball and lacrosse fan, along with the New York Jets, Yankees, and Knicks.
Growing up, he played on his varsity baseball team in high school. While at his previous job at St. John Fisher, Bielak put aside his allegiance for the Jets to make room for the Buffalo Bills, who hold their annual training camp at the college.
“My office was in the weight room, so the Bills pretty much took that over,” Bielak said.
But the Bills being there did have its interesting side to it, even for a rival fan.
“The first day of camp just this summer, I walked into the dining hall with about half of the team coming out,” Bielak said.
While he won’t have many run-ins with NFL players coming out of Lakeside dining hall on the east side of the SUNY Oswego campus, Bielak said he did enjoy his tour of the campus and is excited to return as a Laker.
“It’s a really great campus,” Bielak said. “That ice rink is top-notch. I can’t wait to work games there.”
Bielak also pointed out that the newly re-constructed Romney field house is a great addition for the SUNY Oswego campus.
“It opens up a lot of options for the teams,” he said.
Teams at Oswego are used to looking for different options with the winter wonderland Oswego can become at times.
Bielak said he prefers the winter tundra as opposed to the summer heat.
“I love the winters they don’t bother me at all,” he said.
Despite his enjoyment of the winter, Bielak admitted to hearing some of the tales surrounding Oswego’s winter.
“Everybody talks about the ropes that were put on campus due to the wind,” Bielak said. “But I’ve been assured those were only myths.”
Bielak is a graduate of St. John Fisher with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications/ journalism and a minor in philosophy.
Outside of Fisher, he worked media relations for the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball regional in Buffalo and Duramed Future Tour (the LPGA’s development tour) Alliance Bank Golf Classic in August of 2010.
He also spent the previous two summers working for the Rochester Red Wings, the Minnesota Twins Triple-A affiliate.
Bielak began his position in Oswego today (Aug. 7).