Former Kentucky staff member brings more than a decade of experience to Maverick athletics.
Richard Kilwien joined the UT Arlington athletics program in September, 2016 and serves as the department's Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Communications.
Kilwien, a graduate of Texas Tech in 1988, joins the Mavericks after serving as Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs at Saint Mary's College of California since 2010.
Kilwien has served on the senior advisory council for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), was a featured speaker at the organization's convention 2016 in Dallas and received recognition as a 25-year member in 2015.
He oversees a highly-regarded department in the Sun Belt Conference that continues to grow the department's communications efforts in new media, social media and video production. He works closely with the University's marketing and communication efforts in telling the UTA Athletics story more efficiently and effectively.
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, Preston, who plays soccer at Florida Gulf Coast University.
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