Steve Wilson is in his 11th year leading Park University's athletics communications efforts and his first as Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations and Complance after spending the last four years as Assistant AD for Sports Communications.
From 2013-14 to 2016-17, he also served as the Pirates' head women's golf coach, leading the team to a school record for scoring and first-place tournaments in his fi
In 2013, he was hononred as the Clarence "Ike" Pearson Award winner by NAIA-SIDA, an award given to sports communications professionals in NAIA-SIDA for lifetime achievement.
As SID, Wilson oversees publicity efforts for all 13 sports and serves as the primary contact for women's volleyball, men's basketball, baseball and both golf programs. He also handles all general inquiries in the department, serves as managing editor for www.parkathletics.com, and oversees Park's sports communications staff.
Between 2009 and 2012, Wilson helped introduce four social media outlets for the Pirates, including Park athletics' presence on both Twitter (@ParkPirates) and Facebook (Facebook.com/ParkAthletics), as well as YouTube and Instagram channels to keep Park in front of its fans. In 2012-13, Wilson instituted the Pirate Sports Network, which now includes live statistics, live video, and in-game chats via Stretch Internet. The 2014-15 academic year also marked Wilson's fourth and final season on the communications staff for the American Midwest Conference, a role he shared with Columbia College Associate Director of Athletics Cindy Potter.
In addition to communications, marketing, and publicity responsibilities, Wilson also provides on-air play-by-play for the Pirate Sports Network, primarily for road contests.
An active CoSIDA and NAIA-SIDA member, Wilson is involved in several national committees, and in 2011 he was named to an at-large position on the NAIA-SIDA Board of Directors. He begins his second term on the NAIA-SIDA board in 2012, lasting through 2014, and in his career, he has been awarded 22 top-10 finishes in NAIA-SIDA publications contest, including two first-place media guides and a first-place finish in the 2009-10 and 2014-15 best website contest for www.parkathletics.com. In 2015-16, he had four top 10 finishes in NAIA-SIDA contests, including a men's basketball season preview named best in the nation, and in 2014-15, his coverage of the 2014 NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship was named best in CoSIDA District 7, beating coverage provided by his alma mater, Kansas State University, as well as Iowa State University.
A 2004 graduate of Kansas State University, Wilson began his career in sports information as a Graduate Assistant at Kansas Wesleyan University during the 2004-05 school year, assisting with publicity for the Coyote football, men's basketball, baseball and women's basketball programs. In 2005, he joined the athletic media relations staff at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where he was the primary contact for women's volleyball, women's basketball and baseball, while also assisting with publicity efforts in the Bobcat football program.
While at Texas State, Wilson also provided basketball and baseball play-by-play on KTSW-FM. Away from San Marcos, Wilson assisted on the game-day staffs of the 2005 United States Basketball League Championship, the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional in San Antonio and the 2006 NCAA Baseball Regional in Austin, Texas. During the 2005 football season, he also assisted the game-day efforts of the New Orleans Saints, who were relocated to San Antonio by Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to his work in sports information, Wilson was a play-by-play voice and account manager for KSAL-AM in Salina, Kansas, as well as a contributing writer and assistant editor for Rivals.com College Baseball. He received top honors in the student play-by-play category by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2003.
In addition to his continuing education efforts through CoSIDA and NAIA-SIDA, he is also a graduate of the Leadership Northland program, operated by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, and in May 2013, he graduated with a Master's of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Park University.
Wilson makes his home in Platte City, Missouri, where he resides with his wife, Juli, and daughter, Finley. The family is also active at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Kansas City, serving a three-year term on the church's council. On the golf course, Wilson is member of Shiloh Springs Golf Club, where he is the club's two-time defending club champion (2016, 2017), as well as a member of the club's Kansas City Cup (KCGA) team.