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The Missouri Baptist University Sports Information Department strives to deliver athletics news, reports and updates with urgency to its fan base, opposing schools and the NAIA throughout the season. Throughout the year, this office is responsible for all stories, recaps, web updates and the overall communication for the MBU Department of Athletics.

Below, you will find information regarding specific contacts for all sports, information for media and traveling Sports Information Staff and links to helpful documents for Missouri Baptist coaches and student-athletes.


MEET THE STAFF

Brad Cygan

Assistant Director of Athletics for Media and Communication

Brad Cygan began as the Sports Information Director at Missouri Baptist in August of 2011, after holding the same job at Lindenwood University - Belleville as a Graduate Assistant. In December of 2015, he was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics for Media and Communication.

Cygan is a 2004 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where he received is Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. In his senior year at Southeast, he worked as an intern in the Sports Information Department under long-time SID, Ron Hines. There, he learned the ropes and worked mainly with the men's baseball team.

After graduating, Cygan pursued a career in Advertising, working at some of the top agencies in St. Louis. In 2010, Cygan went back to school to pursue his Master's Degree in Communications from Lindenwood University. While there, he was hired as a graduate assistant and was soon offered the position as the University's first Sports Information Director. He recieved is Masters in Communication with an emphasis in Digital Multimedia from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. in the fall of 2011.

In 2013, Cygan picked-up first place in the NAIA-SIDA Publication Contest in the Season Preview category for his preview of MBU Baseball. He was elected to the NAIA-SIDA Board of Directors in the summer of 2016 where he will serve a two-year term. In September of 2015, he was named the NAIA National Sports Information Director of the Year, after earning the American Midwest Conference Sports Information Director of the Year over the summer.

Cygan is the principle media contact for Missouri Baptist University Athletics and is in charge of all statistical and creative design and development functions for the department. He is a current member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), an organization dedicated toward strategic communications in college athletics. He currently serves CoSIDA on the College Division Management Advisory Committee (CDMAC). 

Sports Covered: Football, Women's Basketball, Sand Volleyball, Baseball, Cheer, Dance

Contact Info

Mobile: (618) 210-4518

Email: [email protected]


Sam Dean

Assistant Director of Sports Information 

Sam is a 2012 graduate of Missouri State University. He became the Assistant Director of Sports Information in August, 2017 after serving as a Graduate Assistant from January 2016 through May 2017.

Prior to MBU, Dean worked as a Media Relations Intern for the St. Louis Blues. He also spent time with the Springfield Cardinals (Double A Baseball) and River City Rascals (Frontier League- Independent).

Sports Covered: Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Men’s & Women’s Golf, Men’s Basketball, Softball, and Men’s & Women’s Wrestling.

Contact Info:

Mobile: 314-420-7066

Email: [email protected]


Karlye Jones

Sports Information Graduate Assistant 

Sports Covered: Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Track and Field, Men's and Women's Bowling, Men's and Women's Lacrosse

 

Contact Info

Office: (314) 744-5372

Email: [email protected]


Blake Beldner

Sports Information Graduate Assistant

Sports Covered:  Men's and Women's Cross-Country

Contact Info

 

Office: (314) 744-5327

Email: [email protected]


Tyler Andrus

Sports Information Intern

Sports Covered: Men's and Women's Tennis, ESports

Contact Info

Office: (314) 744-5372

Email: [email protected]