Jim Stephan, a 25-year veteran in communications and public relations, was named Sports Information Director at Belmont Abbey on July 5, 2016 and began his duties immediately.
He returned to college athletics after a spending two years in the non-profit realm as Communications Director for the Hocking Hills Tourism Association in Logan, Ohio. With the organization, he oversaw the website, assisted with the yearly visitors guide and worked extensively with social media platforms. He was also the primary contact for members, providing assistance, while arranging weekly calendars and monthly newsletters.
“During the search, Jim emerged as the candidate who possessed a unique combination of related experience and expertise in the field, industriousness, collegiality, and an appreciation for and understanding of the mission of Belmont Abbey College,” Director of Athletics Stephen Miss said at his hiring. “We are excited to have him on board, for he will enhance greatly our communications overall and further assist us in promoting our students, our department, and the College as a whole.”
Stephan was last in intercollegiate athletics from 2008-13 when he served as Assistant Director of Athletic Communications at Miami University (Ohio). In addition to overseeing the athletic department website, including a pair of redesigns, he worked with several teams during his tenure including football, hockey, baseball, tennis and track and field.
A native of Savannah, Ga., Stephan began his career as a graduate assistant at Georgia Southern, focusing on women’s basketball, volleyball and softball. He was later elevated to full-time status, moving to men’s basketball and golf, while assisting with football. Stephan also had stops at North Dakota, Ohio, Troy and South Alabama in a variety of roles and working with almost every sport in the collegiate landscape.
Stephan graduated from Benedictine Military School in Savannah before earning a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The Catholic University of America in 1988. He completed a master’s degree in sport management from Georgia Southern in 1992.