Harkins named head football athletic trainer
Kent Brown was named the University of Illinois Assistant Athletics Director/Media Relations in May 2000 and was promoted to Associate Athletics Director/Media Relations in January 2013. He began his career in athletic communications as an undergraduate student at Illinois in 1986 and served as a graduate assistant from 1987-89. Brown was an assistant sports information director at the UI from 1989-96 before being named the Sports Information Director at Kansas State University in July 1996, where he helped the Wildcats begin competition in the Big 12 Conference.
In 2000, Brown had the opportunity to return to Illinois, where he has directed the communications office since. During his career in incollegiate athletics, Brown has helped publicize teams in two men's basketball Final Fours (1989 and 2005) and 13 football bowl games, including the 1997 Fiesta Bowl, 2002 Sugar Bowl and 2008 Rose Bowl. At Kansas State, he publicized 13 national football award finalists, including the 1998 Davey O'Brien Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up (Michael Bishop). At Illinois, Brown led publicity efforts in men's basketball for one National Player of the Year (Dee Brown), three Big Ten Players of the Year (Frank Williams, Brian Cook and Dee Brown) and four consensus All-Americans (Dee Brown-twice, Luther Head and Deron Williams). He became an at-large member of the CoSIDA Board of Directors in 2010 and will serve until June 2013.
A native of Hammond, Ill., Brown earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Illinois in 1987 and his master's in sports management at Illinois in 1989. He has three children (Nicholle, Ty and Cameron) and resides in St. Joseph.
Updated January 2013