BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Jeff Evans, who has been in athletic communications at the professional and collegiate levels for over 15 years, the last nine with the Seattle Mariners, has been named sports information director at Western Washington University. Making that announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 30, was WWU director of athletics Steve Card.
"Jeff Evans comes to us with an outstanding resume," said Card. "He has a wealth of experience at both the college and professional level. He will be a great asset to our department, and I am confident he will continue the excellence in our Sports Information department."
Evans, 37, comes to the Vikings after serving with the Mariners as Assistant Director of Baseball Information, with his primary focus as the main point of contact for baseball information and statistical data.
"I am extremely excited to take this next step in my career working with coaches and student-athletes at Western Washington University," said Evans. "There is something very special about working on a college campus and telling the stories that come out of college athletics. I look forward to raising my family in the Bellingham community and being a big part of the great tradition of Viking Athletics."
While with the Mariners, Evans managed public relations campaigns for Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez in 2010 and Gold Glove winner Kyle Seager in 2014, created content to help promote players for All-Star selections and Major League Baseball awards, was editor of the annual media guide and yearbook, developed and served as main editor for the Mariners' official blog and executed the launch of the Mariners Virtual Press Box. He also managed the production and distribution of daily game notes, news releases and historical records to assist the media coverage of the team.
Prior to that, Evans was the Manager of Baseball Media Relations for one season with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and was an assistant SID for five years at Arizona State University. With ASU he worked closely with the nationally ranked Sun Devil baseball program and promoted several All-Americans. Additionally he served as the Press Officer for the USA Baseball National Team during the summer of 2004.
Evans graduated from Washington State University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in public relations from the Edward R. Morrow College of Communications. As an undergraduate, he worked three years in athletic media relations for the Cougars under College Sports Information Directors Association Hall of Famer Rod Commons.
Evans is a 1996 graduate of Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor. He is married to the former Kim Parrish. They have two children, son Charlie, and daughter Caroline.
Evans, whose official starting date is Oct. 12, replaces Paul Madison, who retired after 48 years as SID at WWU.
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