Brian Ramsey has been promoted to associate athletic director for external operations at the University of Arkansas at Monticello following eight years as the department’s communications director.
In his new role, he will direct marketing, promotions, corporate relations, special events and game day operations for UAM’s 10 NCAA Division II sports as well as cheerleading. He will also assist with the coordination and operation of the UAM Sports Association, the private fundraising arm for the department.
“I want to thank Athletic Director Chris Ratcliff for giving me this opportunity,” Ramsey said. “I’m excited for the new challenges ahead, and glad to be doing it here at UAM and in the great community of Monticello.”
Ratcliff called Ramsey the logical choice to fill the external operations position. “After completing a nationwide search, I found to perfect person to fill this position right here at UAM in Brian Ramsey,” Ratcliff said. “I have watched Brian grow over the last eight years. He has become a strong administrator who directs what I believe is the best athletic communication department in our conference. He has assisted with our annual events and helped us achieve some of our fund-raising goals. I am excited that Brian has accepted this new role.”
Ramsey served as UAM’s sports information director from 2007-11, left to work in the Great American Conference Office, then returned in 2012 as assistant athletic director for communications. During his two tenures at UAM, Ramsey has promoted and publicized the accomplishments of more than 250 student-athletes and coaches on a yearly basis, guided the department into the social media era, and has served as the liaison between UAM and SIDEARM Sports in the design, development and operation of UAMsports.com, which has seen three major design changes since 2010.
After nearly four years as UAM’s sports information director, Ramsey was hired by the Great American Conference in the summer of 2011 as assistant commissioner for communications. During the league’s inaugural season of 2011-12, he led the GAC’s media relations and publicity efforts, planned and operated championship tournaments and special events, and coordinated the all-conference and special awards programs.
While working for the GAC office, Ramsey began what eventually became a four-year term on the NCAA Division II Regional Advisory Committee for baseball, a position appointed by the conference commissioner.
Prior to joining the UAM staff for the first time, he was as a graduate assistant in the athletics department at Henderson State University and spent nearly three years as a student assistant at his alma mater, Arkansas Tech University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arkansas Tech in 2007.
The search for a new director of athletic communications is currently underway.