Russell Houghtaling joined the Northern Illinois Media Relations staff in the summer of 2007, and is in his second season as the contact for Huskie Women's Basketball.
In addition to serving as the team's media relations representative, Houghtaling is the voice of NIU women's hoops. He has also provided the play-by-play for Huskie baseball, softball, men's soccer and women's soccer. Additionally, Houghtaling is primary contact for the Huskie men's soccer, and women's golf teams, and is responsible for the recruiting and development of student workers in the media relations office.
Houghtaling was instrumental in the development of Huskie Happenings, the Official Blog of Northern Illinois Athletics. One of the most popular segments of NIUHuskies.com, Happenings provides NIU fans with a one-stop shop for all the information they need on Huskie Athletics.
Prior to coming to Northern Illinois, Houghtaling spent a year as an intern as Western Illinois University, where he was the primary contact for the WIU men's basketball and volleyball teams, and provided color commentary for Leatherneck men's hoops. Houghtaling graduated from Washington State University cum laude in the summer of 2006 with a bachelor's degree in communication.
He and his wife Erin (formerly Jordan) were married in the summer of 2009 and the couple lives in DeKalb.