Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information - Men's Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Baseball, Women's Golf
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Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics Jack McDonald has announced that Ken Sweeten has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information. Sweeten is beginning his fifth year with the Bobcats. Sweeten was originally hired as the assistant sports information director in November of 2006 before being promoted to Sports Information Director in 2007-08. He will continue to oversee the publicity and media relations efforts for all of Quinnipiac's 21 sports while continuing to add more multi-media options on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Sweeten's responsibilities will continue to include his role as the primary contact for the nationally-ranked men's ice hockey program, as well as the field hockey and baseball teams. He also oversees a full-time assistant sports information director, and two graduate assistants, in addition to several federal work study employees. Sweeten also coordinates all media relations for the athletic department's student-athletes, coaches and staff and serves as the content manager for the Official Website of Quinnipiac Atheltics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Since arriving at Quinnipiac, Sweeten has played a pivotal role in the expansion of all publications within the athletic department, as well as the development of the Bobcats' website.
Among his accomplishments at Quinnipiac, Sweeten most recently spearheaded a national campaign that saw men's ice hockey captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin become the first Quinnipiac student-athlete to finish among the finalists for the prestigious Lowe's SENIOR Class Award. Sweeten has also developed promotional items for the Hobey Baker Award for Brandon Wong and Eric Lampe in 2009-10, Bryan Leitch in 2008-09 and Jamie Bates in 2007-08. Sweeten has also helped with the presentation of live statistics for all sports, while also working with Quinnipiac's extensive student media population to audio webstream a majority of the Bobcats' home events.
In February 2010, Sweeten coordinated all press box operations for the Team USA Women's Ice Hockey game against the ECAC Hockey All-Stars at the TD Bank Sports Center. He also helped coordinate all media relations and television game-day operations for the 2009-10 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Championship Game at the TD Bank Sports Center, which was seen live on ESPN2 nationwide. Sweeten also successfully presented a national audience with a pair of highlight-reel plays by baseball standout Bryan Monack that resulted in the Top Play on ESPN's SportsCenter. Sweeten also coordinated an appearance by Monack on the highly-successful ESPN First Take studio show. Sweeten also helped with the graphic design of several diagrams in Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rand Pecknold's instructional book, Hard-Core Hockey.
In addition to his work at Quinnipiac, Sweeten is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the Greater New Haven Baseball Umpires Association (GNHBUA). Sweeten also serves on the selection committee for the March of Dimes Elm City Legends, a yearly event that recognizes New Haven area sports figures who have excelled on the playing field and in the community. Sweeten has played an integral part in benefits for St. Baldrick's children's cancer research, Autism Speaks, and the Susan G. Komen Fund for breast cancer awareness. Sweeten served as one of Quinnipiac's athletic administrators on several visits to area hospitals including Yale New Haven's Smilow Center and Hartford Hospital.
Before coming to Quinnipiac, Sweeten served as the Director of Athletic Media Relations/Sports Information at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. Prior to that, he held the position of Sports Information Assistant at Southern Connecticut State University. He also served as the assistant for athlete development with the Nutmeg State Games.
In addition to his work with Quinnipiac's student-athletes, Sweeten has played a leadership role in the development of several successful sports information professionals. Former graduate assistants, interns and student workers for Sweeten have gone on to work for NESN.com, University of Central Florida (Conference USA), Southern Connecticut State University (NE-10), Yale University (Ivy League), the University of Connecticut (BIG EAST), Lafayette University (Patriot League), Seton Hall University (BIG EAST), Iowa State University (Big 12), Boston University (America East), the University of Albany (American East), United States Merchant Marine Academy (Landmark), Franklin Pierce University (NE-10 Conference), Pace University (NE-10), Brooklyn College (CUNYAC), the Bridgeport Blue Fish (Atlantic League), the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL), the Newark Bears (Atlantic League), the Connecticut Tigers (New York-Penn League), USA Hockey in addition to the Connecticut Post and the Los Angeles Times.
Sweeten graduated from New Hampshire College, now Southern New Hampshire University, in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in sport management with a concentration in marketing and promotions. He currently resides in his native Hamden, Conn.