Jim Stephan
Jim Stephan
Title: Director of Athletic Communications (Cycling, FH, WVB, MBB, MVB, T&F/XC, Softball)
Phone: 704-461-5049
Email: jamesstephan@bac.edu

Jim Stephan begins his second year as Director of Athletic Communications, overseeing all public relations efforts for the Belmont Abbey Athletic Department. He plays a role in social media and the official website, while handling publicity duties for several sports.

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 visitor's guide and worked extensively with social media platforms. He was also the primary contact for members, providing assistance as needed while arranging weekly calendars and monthly newsletters.

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.

 

Job Duties
Oversight of all athletic communications functions... Direct sport responsibilities for Cycling, Field Hockey, Women's Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Track & Field/Cross Country and Softball
Came to Belmont Abbey
June, 2016
Previous Experience
2016 - present Belmont Abbey - Director of Athletic Communications
2013 - 2016 Hocking Hills Tourism Association - Communications Director
2008 - 2013 Miami (Ohio) - Assistant Director, Athletic Communications
2007 - 2008 South Alabama - Director of Athletic Media Relations
2005 - 2007 Troy - Assistant Director, Athletic Media Relations
2001 - 2005 Ohio - Sports Information Coordinator
1999 - 2000 North Dakota - Director of Athletic Media Relations
1989 - 1999 Georgia Southern - Graduate Assistant/Publications Coordinator/Assistant Director, Athletic Media Relations
1985 - 1988 Catholic University - Student Assistant, Sports Information
Education
B.S. -- The Catholic University of America, 1988
M.S. -- Georgia Southern University, 1992