Communications Staff Update – Kennesaw State University Athletics
KENNESAW, Ga .– The Kennesaw State University Faculty of Athletics announced updates to their communications staff.
Mark Wasik, Michael Goss, and Michael Pitts have recently joined the team with communication assistants Matteen Zibanejadrad and Hunter McKay, and Director of Communications and Broadcasting Nolan Alexander.
Mark Wasik | Deputy Director of Communications | VB, MBB, LAX
Wasik has more than 20 years of experience in university sports communication, most recently at UNLV, where he served as the first point of contact for women’s basketball and men’s football for the past 18 years. He was also the point of contact for rebel women’s football and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams for 12 seasons, while also overseeing the department’s student internship program in sports communications.
Wasik has won 14 CoSIDA publication awards for his art and writing with media leaders, and was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-American Committee for 20 years.
A native of Chapel Hill, NC, has also held positions at the University of South Alabama, the 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 bureau of both universities.
Michael Goss | Deputy Director of Communication | FB, WTEN, secondary BASE
Goss spent three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, working in soccer communications, working closely with outside media, and serving as a communications liaison 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 in Major League Baseball, where he served as Media Relations Assistant for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. He was responsible for compiling statistics for baseball operations, managing the press box and supporting outside media inquiries.
During his undergraduate studies, Goss played Division 1 baseball at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a bachelor’s degree in communications studies in 2017. In 2019, he completed his Masters in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.
Michael Pitts | Communication assistant | Secondary FB, WGOLF, SB
Pitts graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Sports Management. In autumn 2019 he began to work as a marketing intern in the KSU sports department, where he held various positions on match days and helped create promotional items.
In addition to his work as a freelance writer for Covington News, Pitts has also worked as a freelance writer for the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons.
Matteen Zibanejadrad | Communication assistant | WSOC, WBB, BASIS
Zibanejadrad began his athletics career in August 2019 as a communications intern with the Owls while completing his degree in public relations at the university.
After graduating in May 2020, Zibanejadrad was named an Athletics Communications Assistant in the state of Kennesaw in November of that year.
Zibanejadrad took his first steps as a professional in track and field and began his duties as the primary point of contact for the Kennesaw state’s baseball and women’s basketball teams as the NCAA returned to sport amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zibanejadrad was appointed sports information director of the KSU soccer team in the summer of 2021, of which he is also a mainstay in the commentary booth.
Hunter McKay | Communication assistant | XC, TRACK, MGOLF, MTEN
McKay is beginning his ninth year in track and field communication after joining Kennesaw State on July 8, 2013. McKay interned in track and field communication from 2013 to 2014 before being promoted to track and field communication assistant on August 27, 2014.
He is the first point of contact for cross country teams, athletics teams, the men’s tennis team and the men’s golf team. He also performs a variety of functions for the department, including website management, research, broadcasting, and feature writing, while assisting each of the department’s 18 sports teams.
McKay is a graduate of Samford University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in journalism. While at Samford, McKay worked as a student assistant at the Sports Information Bureau, where he held a variety of roles. He also has experience serving as an assistant in the communications department of Georgia Tech and as a summer intern in the media department of the Atlanta Falcons.
McKay, a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, also served as a student manager for the Samford soccer team from 2007 to 2011.
Nolan Alexander | Director of Communications and Broadcasting | “Voice of the Owls”, Owl Network, Admin, Secondary FB
Alexander was named “Voice of the Owls” and promoted to Director of Communications and Broadcasting in the summer of 2021.
A seasoned sports host, Alexander is entering his third year with Kennesaw State and his eleventh year broadcasting in Division 1. He serves as the play-by-play voice for KSU athletics on ESPN platforms and radio broadcasts, moderates the “Inside the Nest” podcast and provides content for KSU’s social media channels and website. In addition, he oversees the communications, video and graphic design facets of the sports department and oversees students on the Owl Network internship program.
A 2014 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Alexander began his broadcasting career as Georgia Tech Baseball on flagship broadcaster WREK Atlanta from 2011 to 2014. He previously worked in broadcast and communications at WDUN, Missoula Osprey, Jacksonville University and Bethune-Cookman University.