Jim Nachtman joined Penn State Athletics in 1999 as the director of broadcast operations. In March 2015, Nachtman was named assistant athletic director of media and video production.
Nachtman oversees the department’s projects and services across media platforms. He also serves as a vital role to the game day operations staff. In addition to supporting all LIVE events broadcasted on linear TV, Nachtman has served as Penn State’s lead contact for ESPN’s College Gameday who’s last visit to Happy Valley in 2021 was their fifth consecutive year broadcasting from campus, 10th visit overall. (Penn State is the only school to host College GameDay every year since 2017.)
In May 2016, he received the Sports Video Group (SVG) College Sports Summit Pioneer Award. This award celebrates those who have innovated in the fields of video production and technology at the university level and have advanced the industry at large.
Prior to his time in Athletics, Nachtman served as a director/technical director of Penn State Public Broadcasting from 1989-1999 while also freelancing in sports productions for all the major networks plus ESPN, FOX, the NCAA, and more.
Nachtman received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State in 1990 with a telecommunications degree.
Nachtman lives in State College with his wife and their three children.