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Communications Staff Update – Kennesaw State University Athletics

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State University Department of Athletics has announced updates within its communications staff.
Mark Wasik, Michael Goss, and Michael Pitts have recently joined the staff with Communications Assistants Matteen Zibanejadrad and Hunter McKay, and Director of Communications and Broadcasting Nolan Alexander.

Mark Wasik | Associate Director of Communications | VB, MBB, LAX
Wasik has over 20 years of experience in collegiate athletic communications, most recently at UNLV, where he served as the primary contact for women’s basketball and men’s soccer for the past 18 years. He was the contact for the Rebels’ women’s soccer and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams for 12 seasons as well, while also overseeing the department’s athletic communications student internship program that he created.  
Wasik has won 14 CoSIDA publication awards for his artwork and writing with media guides and was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee for 20 years.
The Chapel Hill, N.C. native has also made stops at the University of South Alabama, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Georgetown University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and worked as a student assistant in the sports information office at both universities.

Michael Goss | Associate Director of Communications | FB, WTEN, Secondary BASE
Goss spent three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons working in football communications, interacting closely with external media outlets and served as a communications contact for the organization. He was responsible for the college branding initiative and was a member of the Super Bowl LIII Public Relations Staff.

Goss spent one season working in Major League Baseball, where he served as a media relations assistant for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. He was responsible for producing statistics for baseball operations, managing the press box, and supporting external media requests.

While in college, Goss played Division 1 baseball at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2017.  He completed his master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2019.

Michael Pitts | Communications Assistant | Secondary FB, WGOLF, SB
Pitts graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in sport management. He started working with the KSU athletic department as a marketing intern in the fall of 2019 where he served in a variety of roles on gamedays and helped create promotional items.

Pitts has held gameday staff positions with the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons in addition to being a freelance writer for the Covington News.

Matteen Zibanejadrad | Communications Assistant | WSOC, WBB, BASE
Zibanejadrad began his career in athletics as a communications intern for the Owls in Aug. 2019, while he pursued his degree in public relations at the university. 
After graduating in May 2020, Zibanejadrad was named an athletics communications assistant at Kennesaw State in November of that year. 
Taking his first steps as a professional in athletics, Zibanejadrad began his duties as the primary contact for the Kennesaw State baseball and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA’s return to sports amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Zibanejadrad was named the sports information director for the KSU soccer team in the summer of 2021, of which he is also a mainstay in the commentary booth.

Hunter McKay | Communications Assistant | XC, TRACK, MGOLF, MTEN
McKay begins his ninth year in athletics communications after joining Kennesaw State on July 8, 2013. McKay served as athletics communications intern in 2013-14 prior to being named athletics communications assistant on August 27, 2014.
He serves as the primary contact for both cross country teams, track and field teams, the men’s tennis team and the men’s golf team.  He also serves a variety of roles for the department, including website management, research, broadcasting and feature writing while assisting with each of the department’s 18 athletic teams.
McKay is a graduate of Samford University where earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in journalism. During his time at Samford, McKay served as a student assistant in the sports information office where he performed a variety of roles. He also has experience assisting in the Georgia Tech communications department and working as a summer intern with the Atlanta Falcons media relations department.
A resident of Atlanta, Ga., McKay also served as a student manager for the Samford football team from 2007-2011.

Nolan Alexander | Director of Communications and Broadcasting | “Voice of the Owls,” Owl Network, Admin, Secondary FB
Alexander was named the “Voice of the Owls” and promoted to the role of Director of Communications and Broadcasting during summer 2021.

A veteran sportscaster, Alexander enters his third year with Kennesaw State and his 11th year broadcasting in the Division 1 ranks. He serves as the play-by-play voice across KSU athletics on ESPN platforms and radio broadcasts, hosts the “Inside the Nest” podcast, and provides content for KSU’s social media channels and website. In addition, he supervises the communications, video, and graphic design facets of the athletic department, and mentors students in the Owl Network internship program.

A 2014 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Alexander began his broadcasting career calling Georgia Tech baseball from 2011-14 on the flagship station WREK Atlanta. He has previously worked in broadcasting and communications with WDUN, Missoula Osprey, Jacksonville University, and Bethune-Cookman University.