EKU Update HomeA Newsletter for Eastern Kentucky University Faculty & Staff
Volume 5 • Number 10
Jan. 12, 2004
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EKU Names Ryan Simmons SID
Athletics Director John Shafer has announced the hiring of Ryan Simmons as Sports Information Director. Simmons began his duties on Jan. 5, replacing long-time SID, Karl Park, who retired after 34 years.

Simmons previously was the Associate Media Relations Director at Middle Tennessee State University where he had been since 1998. He served as the primary contact for men's basketball and served as the secondary contact for football. Simmons also was the voice of Blue Raider baseball for the past three years.

"We are very pleased that Ryan has decided to join us at EKU as our new Sports Information Director,? said Shafer. ?His talent and experience in media relations will truly help us build on the foundation that Karl has established. This is a very important hire for EKU Athletics and I sincerely feel that Ryan will do an outstanding job as our director.?

Prior to MTSU, Simmons served as the Director of Sports Information, Marketing and Promotions at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., during the 1997-98 academic year.

"I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Eastern Kentucky family,? said Simmons. ?I feel very lucky to be a part of a rich athletic tradition at EKU and I look forward to getting started.

?I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the Eastern Kentucky athletics administration for giving me this opportunity and Middle Tennessee's athletics administration for helping me get to this point in my career," added Simmons.

Simmons received his undergraduate degree from MTSU in Mass Communications in 1994 and earned his masters degree in Education from Cumberland in 1997.