Jul 17, 2018
Shannon O'Brien has been named assistant executive director of the North Coast Athletic Conference, and Levi Rex has been named Director of Athletic Communications, it was announced today, Tuesday, July 17, by NCAC Executive Director Keri Alexander Luchowski.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Shannon and Levi to the North Coast Athletic Conference,” said Alexander Luchowski. “Shannon's accomplishments at the Division III conference level make her a perfect fit to serve our members. She is passionate about college athletics as part of the academic experience and will bring a great deal of experience to our operation."
O'Brien, a 2008 graduate of Medaille College as a softball student-athlete, comes to the NCAC after serving as the Associate Commissioner of the North Atlantic Conference since 2014. At the NAC, she filled dual administrative and communications roles. Prior to the NAC, O'Brien served at the Commonwealth Coast Conference, the Presidents' Athletic Conference and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in a variety of roles, in addition to campus stints in the SUNY system.
At the NCAC, she will be actively involved in all aspects of operation and administration of the NCAC, including, but not limited to, daily interactions with coaches and athletic administrators, championship administration, scheduling, the conference award program and NCAA and NCAC compliance.
“I am excited and honored to have been selected as the next Assistant Executive Director of the North Coast Athletic Conference," said O'Brien. "I would like to thank Executive Director Keri Alexander Luchowski and the entire search committee for providing me with this opportunity to step into more of an administrative role at the conference level. Bret Billhardt and Russell Kramer have done tremendous work for the NCAC, leaving big shoes to fill. I am excited to build upon the work that they have done, and to continue to create opportunities for NCAC student-athletes to reach their potential academically and athletically. While I am excited by this new opportunity, I am also extremely grateful for my time working with the North Atlantic Conference membership, as I have truly grown as a professional over the past four years.”
Rex, a 2014 graduate of Ashland, steps into the newly created role of Director of Athletic Communications. He comes to the NCAC after serving as the Assistant Director of Atheltic Media Relations at Gannon University. At Gannon, he also served as the Director of Social Media, as well as overseeing 11 varsity sports - acrobatics and tumbling, women's basketball, women's and men's golf, men's soccer, softball, women's and men's swimming, women's volleyball, women's and men's water polo.
"I would like to thank Keri Alexander Luchowski and the entire North Coast Athletic Conference for the opportunity," said Rex. "I am excited to join an outstanding organization and look forward to being part of the continued success of the conference."
Prior to Gannon, he served as the graduate assistant sports information director at Ashland, where he was the primary contact for the women’s soccer, men’s golf, women’s and men’s swimming, women’s tennis and wrestling programs. In addition to handling day-to-day duties, Rex was responsible for graphic design work such as programs and social media gameday graphics as well as video content production. He also maintained Ashland’s social media accounts.
“We’re extremely excited to have Levi join our team,” said Alexander Luchowski. “He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm for highlighting student-athlete, especially through social media. I'm looking forward to how he will share the NCAC story and shape our visual identity.”
At the NCAC, he will be responsible for all of the communictions efforts of the conference, including the conference website, social media outlets, awards program and weekly honors, as well as the more traditional sports information duties such as statistics and record keeping.
O'Brien and Rex begin their NCAC tenures on August 1, 2018.
Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities – Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.