Jeff Honza was named Sports Information director at Southeast Missouri State University on June 18, 2009.
He replaced long-time Sports Information Director Ron Hines who retired after 29 years of service.
At SIUC, Honza has served for nearly nine years as the primary media relations contact for football and baseball, handling game management and press box duties for these sports. He also has served as the editor of game programs, media guides and other publications for football and baseball, and previously was the primary contact for women's basketball and softball. He also held similar responsibilities with cross country, indoor track & field, and golf.
Honza was a full-time intern at SIUC for a year before becoming associate director of media services. Prior to his work at SIUC, he served in sports information internships at the University of Minnesota and Florida Southern College.
He holds a bachelor of science in communications degree from Ashland (Ohio) University, where he majored in sports communication. He is currently pursuing a master's of education in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports administration at SIUC.
He has twice been named SIU Athletics Employee of the Month and is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Southeast Athletic Director John Shafer said, "Jeff brings to Southeast his experience at SIU, knowledge of the media in this part of the country and great technical skills with new media. We look forward to having Jeff and his wife, Sarah, and their son, Benjamin, in the Cape Girardeau community."
Honza said, "I am so thrilled that the search committee and (Athletic Director) John Shafer gave me this opportunity. For them to have faith in me to do the job at this point in my career is so rewarding. I think I can bring lots of energy and great ideas to the Athletics Department and Southeast Missouri State University."
Cindy Gannon, chair of the Search Committee and associate director of athletics, said, "I am very pleased that Jeff Honza has accepted the Sports Information Director position at Southeast. We had an outstanding field of applicants, and I feel Jeff will be an outstanding addition to our department."
The director of Sports Information serves as the liaison between the Department of Athletics and the media on a local and national level, coordinating and providing media information for 15 sports. The director oversees and coordinates statistics management at all home athletic events, distributes press releases, updates the athletics Web site and supports the Department of Athletics via external media relations. The director of Sports Information also coordinates all video material for the Department of Athletics, coordinates with University marketing offices on athletic promotions, and facilitates weekly television and radio productions for men's and women's basketball and football.