When Jerek Wolcott was in middle and high school, he was required to take Title One reading classes to help supplement his learning. Now 33 years old and the sports information director at Carroll College, Wolcott spends much of his time writing, a feat that has surprised himself and his former teachers.
According to Wolcott, he is slightly dyslexic and used to struggle with English and writing, so to have a job centered on these skills is remarkable. From his press releases to his articles, much of Wolcott’s work involves working with words, and has garnered attention from around the community.
“He’s a gifted writer,” said Jason Walker, sports director at ESPN Radio in Helena and Great Falls, and the Voice of the Saints. “He knows how to tell a story. What he does, I couldn’t do.”
Beyond his writing talent, Wolcott’s dedication gets him noticed. Walker commended Wolcott on his ability to get things done, despite being a “one-man band.” Wolcott alone is responsible for coordinating media relations for Carroll’s 15 sports, managing the Carroll Athletics website and writing press releases and articles.
Wolcott works with upwards of 300 Carroll College student athletes, and puts in long hours during the school year to get all his work done. According to Wolcott, time spent with the students is the best part of his job.
“We’ve got tremendous student athletes that do a lot of really great things,” Wolcott said. “To see them grow from freshmen to seniors and to improve, get better and learn to communicate better -- that’s a big part of my job is helping them to communicate and deal with the media -- and to see them grow and become better people and then become better athletes is a big part of what I do. That’s my favorite part.”
When he’s not writing game notes or working with student athletes, Wolcott is with his wife and kids. According to Walker, the dedicated SID will write late at night, after he has had dinner and put his two boys to bed. When they take road trips together, he’s on the phone once or twice a night to talk with his family.
“He’s a fantastic dad to both Calvin and Holland,” Walker said. “He’s a good husband, and he’s just a hard worker.”
Wolcott was raised in Libby and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana. After graduation, he worked at the university as the assistant sports information director, then at Idaho State University as the assistant director of sports media relations.
Wolcott came to Carroll College in 2014, and has since won several awards, including best website in the NAIA in the 2015 NAIA-SIDA Publication Contest.
Aside from his hard work, dedication and talent in writing, Wolcott is fun-loving and well-liked. Walker, reflecting fondly on their travels together, recalled when Wolcott challenged him to a foot race in a parking lot in Independence, Missouri, for the national women’s basketball tournament -- and lost.
“He’s just like everyone else; he has his flaws, but he’s a big, goofy, lovable dude,” Walker said. “You can’t help but respect him. I have the utmost respect for what he does. My job is not easy, but he makes it easier.”