Rolla, Mo. – In recognition for his leadership and dedication, Missouri S&T Sports Information Director John Kean was recently elected to a three-year term on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Board of Directors.
CoSIDA is a 3,000-plus member national organization comprised of the sports public relations, media relations and communications/information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.
Kean, who has served as the Sports Information Director at Missouri S&T for the last 28 years, will serve as an At-Large College Division Representative on the CoSIDA Board. Kean, whose term will expire in 2021, currently oversees the entire athletics communications effort for Missouri S&T's 17 sports.
"I'm honored to get this opportunity from CoSIDA to serve on the board for the next three years," said Kean. "My hope is that I can provide valuable input and leadership for the organization as well as being a liaison for our member institutions in NCAA Division II to make sure their voices are heard. We want to continue developing our ever-changing profession for the betterment of our members and I'm happy to be a part of that process."
"I was extremely pleased and proud to learn that John had been named to the CoSIDA Board of Directors," said Missouri S&T director of athletics Mark Mullin. "CoSIDA is a very important organization in collegiate athletics. Being named to the CoSIDA Board of Directors is not only a well-deserved and prestigious honor for John, it a great honor for our department and our campus as well. We are all proud of him and know he will be an outstanding member of the board."
A member of various CoSIDA committees, Kean has also been heavily involved with the Division II Sports Information Directors of America, serving as the D2SIDA president for the last four years where he has helped organize the divisional day as part of the annual convention and also played an integral role in the update of the D2SIDA strategic document. Prior to his term as president, Kean served as vice president and as a member of the D2SIDA board.
While serving as president, Kean attended the last four NCAA Conventions as the D-II representative for a CoSIDA leadership group which meets at the convention. He also serves as a member of the College Division Management Advisory Committee for CoSIDA.
Along with his service to CoSIDA, Kean has been a dedicated advocate for the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) since Missouri S&T joined the league. For his efforts, Kean was duly recognized as the 2017-18 recipient of the GLVC's Dr. Thomas Kearns Service Award at the conference's spring awards reception this May in St. Louis, Mo. The Dr. Thomas Kearns Service Award is presented to an individual or group which has contributed to the success of the GLVC as it relates to the NCAA Division II attributes of learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service.
Within the GLVC, Kean has had stints on the scheduling committee and the programming subcommittee during the creation of the GLVC Sports Network while serving on other various conference committees. He has worked as the statistician at five GLVC Basketball Championship Tournaments and covered many other duties at various league championship events throughout the years.
A native of Florissant, Mo., Kean has assisted with media operations at six of the last seven NCAA Division II Basketball Elite Eight tournaments and was the internal public address announcer at the 2017 NCAA D-II Football Championship game.