Former Ashland University sports information graduate assistant Brendan Bittner and AU Director of Sports Information Dusty Sloan have been named the athletic program's Directors of Athletic Communications, Ashland Director of Athletics Al King announced on Monday (Aug. 28).
Bittner returns to his alma mater following a five-year run at Quincy University, first as Sports Information Director, then as Assistant Athletic Director for Communications. At Quincy, he was responsible for publicity and promotion for the school's 20 varsity sports, and he also served as the Daktronics All-America Midwest Region coordinator for men's soccer.
In addition to his time at Quincy and Ashland, Bittner spent a year as a Sports Information and Marketing Intern at Lake Erie College, and two summers as an intern with Minor League Baseball teams.
Bittner is a 2009 Ashland graduate, and earned a Masters degree in Sport Education from AU in 2012.
"Brendan Bittner is a true professional," King said. "He's well-versed in every phase of the sports information, athletic communication field. Brendan did an exceptional job when he was here as a student and graduate assistant and he was outstanding during his stint at Quincy."
Sloan has been Ashland's Director of Sports Information since October of 2014, leading the athletic department's publicity and promotion of its 20 varsity sports. In his fourth school year, he is the fourth-longest-tenured full-time SID in Ashland history, behind only King (21 years), Chuck Mistovich (11) and Al Hall (eight).
Sloan has served as the official media host for the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's women's basketball Final Four, the 2016 GLIAC women's and men's basketball Final Fours, and the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional women's basketball tournaments. He also has represented the Eagles on the road at the 2017 D-II women's basketball Elite Eight, at two Midwest Regional baseball tournaments and one Midwest Regional women's hoops tourney.
In May of 2017, Sloan earned his first College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Stabley Writing Contest regional award. He is a 1999 AU grad.
Bittner, Sloan and graduate assistant Kyle Kondor are responsible for the publicity, statistics, records, social media and more for Ashland's 10 men's and 10 women's varsity sports.
"This move bolsters an already strong athletics communication department," said King. "Dusty and Kyle have done yeoman's work but they needed help. The group we have there now will be able to handle the work more effectively and efficiently and that will benefit our teams and student-athletes."