Texas A&M University-Commerce director of athletics Tim McMurray has announced the addition of Josh Manck to the Lions’ athletics administration as the Director of Athletics Communications.
Manck will serve as the primary communications officer for the Lions’ 14 intercollegiate sports. He will communicate the story of Texas A&M-Commerce’s student-athletes and coaches to local, regional and national media through traditional and emerging media.
“Our communications search provided a wide depth and breadth of candidates,” McMurray said. “Josh’s professional background, creativity, rapport with coaches, and ability to effectively tell our student-athlete stories was evident. As we continue our mission of providing a ‘Best in Class’ experience for our student-athletes, I have full confidence that our strategic communications area will do that.”
“I’d like to thank Tim McMurray and the staff at Texas A&M-Commerce for their confidence in me to tell the story of our student-athletes,” Manck said. “The success of A&M-Commerce is on the rise in all capacities, and I’m excited to return to East Texas and play my part in an exceptional athletic department.”
Manck comes to Commerce after 10 years in the athletic communications department at Newberry College in South Carolina, most recently serving as Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications.
Manck was promoted to the head of the athletic communications office at Newberry in 2007 after serving a 10-month internship in 2006-07. He was elected to the leadership of the Division II Sports Information Directors Association in 2014 and serves as second vice president. He also serves the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on the convention programming committee. Manck helped promote 18 CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees at Newberry since 2009.
He was also named the Small College SID of the Year by the National Wrestling Media Association in 2016. He also led sports information operations at the 2013 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Birmingham, Ala., and the 2014 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. He has served as the Super Region II Chair and national vice-chair for the DAKTRONICS/CCA Division II Football All-America committee since 2010.
He has participated in numerous Division II conference and regional championships, including serving as the official scorer for all 11 games of the 2014 Division II Southeast Regional Baseball tournament. Manck has also assisted in sports information gameday operations at two NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournaments at the University of South Carolina. He was the official scorer for the Columbia Fireflies, the Class A affiliate of the New York Mets for the club’s inaugural season in 2016 and served as a statistician for various Division I and Division II schools in the area.
After serving a 9-month stint in a combined role with the department of institutional advancement as Newberry College’s Director of Media Relations, Manck returned to full-time duty in the athletic department as Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications in January 2012.
Prior to starting at Newberry in June of 2006, Manck was a sports reporter for the Times-Review in Cleburne, Texas. A native East Texan, Josh is originally from Gilmer, Texas. He graduated with his bachelor of arts degree from Austin College in May 2005, majoring in communication arts with an emphasis in media studies. In August 2012, he earned his master of science degree from California University of Pennsylvania, majoring in sport management with a track in intercollegiate athletics administration.
Manck is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the National Wrestling Media Associaton (NWMA).