LeTourneau Sports Information Director
LONGVIEW, Texas – LeTourneau University has named Matthew Kinney as its new Sports Information Director, effective July 1, 2017. Before joining the YellowJackets Athletic Department, Kinney spent the last year as the Sports Information Director at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas.
“We are happy to welcome Matthew Kinney to the LeTourneau University Athletic Department family and look forward to new and exciting ideas he will bring to the Sports Information Department,” said Athletic Director Terri Deike. “Matt has received experience in sports information work at all three NCAA levels plus the NJCAA, so we know he will bring a new degree of perspective to the position.”
As Sports Information Director, Kinney is the primary media contact for all 15 of LETU’s varsity sports. He is in charge of administering the school’s athletic website as well as the athletic department’s social media accounts. Kinney is also responsible for coordinating all game day operations and media activities for home events, as well as producing media guides and game programs for the YellowJackets.
Kinney brings five years of experience with him to LeTourneau University, including two years of experience at the NCAA Division III level. While at Dodge City, Kinney was the primary media contact for all 16 sports in addition to administering the athletic website and school social media accounts. In his one year with the Conquistadors, Kinney was able to grow the Dodge City Athletics Facebook page by 71% and the Twitter page by 42% while also providing live video coverage of all home athletic contests and select road games.
Before Dodge City Community College, Kinney spent two years as a graduate assistant at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. where he helped provide coverage for all 24 athletic teams which included providing exclusive coverage of the women’s soccer team first-ever Final-Four appearance in 2014. While at IWU, Kinney received his Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Illinois State University.
Kinney started his career in sports information at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. where he spent two years as a student assistant while obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management and Online Media. In addition to his two years as a student assistant for WSC, Kinney also completed a 15-week, 600-hour internship in the Athletic Communications department at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he served as the primary media contact for the women’s track and field and men’s tennis teams.
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