Aug. 19, 2016
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington Athletic Department welcomes Richard Kilwien as the program's new associate athletic director for communications, effective Sept. 7.
Kilwien, a graduate of Texas Tech in 1988, joins the Mavericks after serving in communications at Saint Mary's College of California since 2010.
"As the world of athletic communications continues to change, leadership in those roles becomes that much more important," UT Arlington Director of Athletics Jim Baker said. "We have found a proven leader in Richard Kilwien, and he brings unprecedented credentials to our department. His level of experience, his vast network of colleagues and his strategic thinking will allow for growth in our communication efforts.
"We must continue to tell our story, integrate messaging and work closer with campus entities so that we are building our communication channels. We are excited to welcome Richard to the UTA family."
Kilwien has served on the senior advisory council for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), was a featured speaker at the latest convention in Dallas in June and received recognition as a 25-year member.
He will oversee a highly-regarded department in the Sun Belt Conference that continues to grow the media relations effort in new media, social media and is expected to work closely with the University's marketing and communication efforts in telling the UTA Athletics story more efficiently and effectively.
"I am excited to return to my home state to be a part of the UT Arlington Athletics staff," Kilwien said. "The Maverick athletics program is very successful and has a bright future under the direction of Jim Baker and his administration. I am looking forward to working with the UTA staff to promote and enhance the Mavericks brand and to share the wonderful stories of the University's student-athletes, coaches and sport programs."
Originally from Daingerfield, Texas, Kilwien began his career in collegiate athletics at the University of Houston and worked closely with the Cougars' track and field team that featured gold medalist and world-record holder Carl Lewis, Joe DeLoach and Leroy Burrell.
Kilwien then joined Duke University in 1990 and served as the assistant director for the back-to-back national championship winning basketball program. He oversaw the media relation duties for 12 Division I sports and was responsible for implementing the desktop publishing system for the department.
In 1992 Kilwien joined the Southwest Conference for two years before the conference dissolved and sent him from coast to coast holding various responsibilities in media relations. He found himself on the west coast at Santa Clara University, the University of Washington and at Saint Mary's.
At Saint Mary's Kilwien held primary media relations duties for the men's basketball program that has success in the West Coast Conference with trips to the NCAA Tournament, the men's soccer program, and men's golf.
Kilwien, and his wife Karen, have a son who plays soccer at Florida Gulf Coast University.
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