K-State Athletics Announces Staff Promotions

Currie announced three staff promotions on Friday

Nov. 4, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State Athletics Director John Currie announced today staff promotions for three departmental administrators.

Reid Sigmon has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Operating Officer, Jill Shields to Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator and Kenny Lannou to Assistant Athletics Director for Communications.

"We are fortunate to have as hard-working and talented a staff as anyone in the country," Currie said. "Our 136 staff members and coaches are all instrumental in our vision of becoming a model intercollegiate athletics program."

Sigmon has added Chief Operating Officer to his duties as Senior Associate Athletics Director and will continue to oversee the daily operations of the athletics department. Currently in his third year on staff, Sigmon manages finance, contractual and legal matters for the department, serves as K-State Athletics' liaison with the University Counsel and the Vice-President for Administration and Finance office and also plays an important role in the department's relationship and contracts with Learfield and NIKE. He also oversees the athletic department's human resources and information technology offices, ticketing and fan strategies department and serves as the sport administrator for rowing and tennis and works closely with the football program.

"Reid has done a terrific job in running the day-to-day operations of our department," added Currie. "He has brought great perspective and experience to our staff and demonstrated tremendous managerial and problem-solving skills as we continue to be fiscally responsible and transparent."

Shields, a 12-year veteran of the K-State Athletics Department, directs all aspects of the academic support program and student services for athletics, serves as the department's senior woman administrator and is the sport administrator for the track and field, cross country and equestrian programs.

Shields has played a pivotal role in the academic success of the Wildcats' 16 athletic programs as K-State is in the midst of a four-year stretch of leading the Big 12 in all-sports graduation rate and most recently saw all 16 athletic teams meet or exceed the NCAA mandated APR multi-year standard. Shields also led K-State's NCAA third-cycle certification process this past year, which led to full certification from the Division I Committee on Athletics Certification.

"In addition to her strong credibility within the department and across campus, Jill has quickly established herself as a leader amongst the Big 12 SWA's," Currie said. "I appreciate Jill and her staff's leadership in ensuring both academic integrity and progress towards our goal of providing our student-athletes a world-class experience."

Lannou, who has served the past four years as Director of Athletics Communications/Sports Information Director, supervises the Athletics Communications Office, including sports information, public and media relations and internet services for all 16 Wildcat athletic teams. Entering his ninth season overall at K-State, Lannou also serves as the primary media contact for the Wildcat football program. He was also instrumental in the development of K-State Sports Extra, a daily email service that provides unique stories and news to Wildcat fans world-wide that is now in its second season and boasts over 40,000 subscribers.

"Kenny has provided outstanding leadership and service to our coaches, student-athletes and media while helping deliver the message and telling the stories of the great things happening at K-State," added Currie.