Rand Champion is in his second season as the Director of Media Relations, serving as the primary media contact for football, men's and women's golf and bowling while overseeing the operations of the media relations department in promoting the Lumberjacks' 17 intercollegiate athletic programs.
Champion comes to SFA from Texas A&M University-Commerce where he served as the Director of Media Relations since March 2011. During his time in Commerce, Champion oversaw the media efforts for all 12 Lion athletic programs, including serving as the primary contact for the A&M-Commerce football, men's basketball, volleyball, golf and softball programs.
During his time at A&M-Commerce, Champion spearheaded a number of occurrences that generated both local and national headlines, including the Lions' newly installed football field with arguably the world's largest on-field logo. Champion also oversaw a pair of complete website redesigns for LionAthletics.com while expanding A&M-Commerce's social media efforts and instituting online video broadcasts for Lion Athletic events.
Prior to his time at A&M-Commerce, Champion spent three years as the Assistant Director of Media Relations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He served as the primary media contact for the seven-time national champion Wildcat women's lacrosse teams, coordinating media coverage through outlets such as CNN, HBO, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and The Big Ten Network, as well as the local Chicago newspaper and television and radio stations.
Champion also worked as the primary media contact for the nationally ranked Northwestern volleyball, fencing and golf programs while assisting with game-day responsibilities for football and basketball games, including performing a handful of roles for Big Ten Network live broadcasts.
Champion began his career in the field of media relations serving as a Media Relations Assistant at North Dakota State from 2007-08. He was primarily responsible for coordinating media efforts for the Bison soccer, golf and wrestling teams while assisting with game-day responsibilities for football and basketball, including assisting with the number-one ranked NDSU football team in 2007.He has also served as a member of the media relations staff for both the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and Heart of Dallas Bowl for the past four years as well as being involved with numerous NCAA postseason events, including the 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament and FCS football playoffs.
Champion's career in media began in broadcasting as he spent three years in a number of roles at KZTV 10, the CBS affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas, ultimately serving as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. He helped produced and co-host KZTV's Friday Night High School Football tailgate show, which amassed the highest ratings in Corpus Christi for high school football coverage.
A native of Sandy, Utah, Champion earned his bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Brigham Young University in 2002. During his time in Provo, he served as the beat writer for the men's basketball team, covering the Cougars during their run to a 2001 Mountain West title and an NCAA appearance, while also anchoring the sports desk for BYU's daily cable news broadcast.
Champion then attained his master's degree in Sport Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., in 2007. As part of his curriculum, he served internships with the Tennessee Titans, Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State University.