FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh announced on Monday that Patrick Pierson has been named as the school's new Director of Sports Information. He is the fourth SID in the school's history, following Jim Herlihy, Matt Fairchild and Mike Hill and will oversee all FGCU athletic communications and publicity efforts.
"We are very pleased to have Patrick joining our FGCU Athletics team,” said Kavanagh. “He comes highly recommended from all corners and we believe his high energy and significant experiences at St. Bonaventure, as well as within the Atlantic-10 Conference, will prove extremely valuable in regards to directing our very important Sports Information area. We are so fortunate to have numerous success stories to tell and I look forward to Patrick hitting the ground running and quickly establishing the key relationships to help further spread the word in regards to our outstanding collection of Eagle student-athletes and coaches.”
Kavanagh added, “I would also like to personally thank Mike Hill for his many sacrifices and contributions during his tenure as our Interim Director of Sports Information the past 18 months. In particular, Mike is to be commended for the tremendous upgrades to our www.fgcuathletics.com website. We are happy to retain his services and engaging personality, while looking forward to him being involved with an enhanced overall External Affairs unit ready to continue to publicize the wonderful FGCU Athletics on-goings and to serve our great fans to the best of our abilities."
Pierson comes to the Eagles after spending the last six years at St. Bonaventure. He was appointed SID for the Bonnies on June 13, 2007 after spending the previous three years as the as the department's Assistant Sports Information Director.
Pierson was responsible for the department's media and public relations efforts, including the official web site, www.GoBonnies.com. During the summer of 2008, Pierson coordinated the complete redesign of the department's web site with CBS College Sports. He also served as the primary publicist for the nationally-recognized men's basketball program and will oversaw St. Bonaventure's other 13 sports, while also serving as the primary contact for women's soccer, men's golf, men's tennis and baseball.
From 2004-07, Pierson served as the chief publicist for the women's basketball program and the host SID for the annual St. Bonaventure Shootout in Elmira, N.Y. He also served as the media contact for 11 other sports and managed the athletic communications intern staff.
A native of Frewsburg, N.Y., Pierson graduated from Robert Morris University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sport management.
During his stay at Robert Morris, Pierson worked in the athletic department's sports information office for three years and had a one-year stint as a marketing intern. Also, while in Pittsburgh, Pierson also served as a promotions intern for the nationally-recognized Pittsburgh's ESPN Radio 1250 and as a NFL Experience intern for the Pittsburgh Steelers for two years.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to join the Florida Gulf Coast family,” said Pierson. “In my brief visit to campus it was easy to see the passion that people have about the future of FGCU athletics and that’s a contagious feeling. Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh is a terrific leader and has a great vision to where the athletic department is going, the administration is a first-class group and the coaches have accomplished a lot in such a short period of time. There couldn’t be a better time to work at FGCU because the University and athletic department are both on the verge of accomplishing big things.”