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Nick Joos joined the Baylor athletics staff in October 2003 and serves as the department's Executive Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. Joos, in his 27th year working in intercollegiate athletics, oversees Baylor's athletic communications, marketing and ticket offices, as well as baylorbears.com, licensing and broadcast operations for the school's 19-sport program. He serves as the sport administrator for the Bears' men's basketball, men's tennis and women's tennis programs, and is the administrative liaison to the department's multi-media partner, IMG.
The BU Atletics Communications team has been on the cutting edge of enhancing efficiencies, becoming one of the nation's first school's to eliminate the traditional printed media guides in favor of a media-friendly almanac and taking the resources saved on printing to develop the on-line Baylor Athletics Experience. The department's web site, baylorbears.com, continues to rank among the national leaders among all CBS Sports web sites.
Joos served as Baylor's Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations/Communications from 2003 until the fall of 2007, when he became Associate Athletic Director External Affairs. He also was Baylor's primary football media relations contact until his promotion, helping lead the successful promotion campaign for two-time Ray Guy Award winner Daniel Sepulveda, and was the sport administrator for men's golf. The Baylor Athletic Media Relations Office received 30 CoSIDA publication awards from 2005 through 2008, including a school-record 14 citations during the 2005-06 academic year. He joined the Baylor staff after a brief tenure at the University of Minnesota, where he was the director of athletic media relations.
Prior to his stint with the Golden Gophers, Joos spent three years (2000-2003) directing the media relations office at Massachusetts, where he worked for one year under Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. He served two years as assistant athletic director for media relations before being named associate athletic director his final year. At UMass, Joos oversaw all public relations activities and information services for the 23-sport athletic program.
During his UMass tenure, Joos oversaw a successful redesign of the department's website, served as the executive editor of the department's monthly donor publication, The Maroon and White, and was the primary media contact for the men's basketball program. Massachusetts' 2000 and 2001 football media guides received Citation for Excellence awards being judged as the nation's second-best I-AA football media guide by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Joos called the University of Nebraska home for 13 years before moving to New England. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications and working as a student assistant in the Cyclone sports information office, Joos began his career at Nebraska. He spent one year as an intern (1987-88) in the Husker sports information office, then served as assistant sports information director (1988-94) and associate director (1994-95) for the Cornhuskers.
At Nebraska, Joos served as the media relations contact for men's basketball and men's and women's track & field. He was the secondary football contact during his final two years in the office, and worked with the Huskers' 1994 national championship team. All-told, he assisted with eight Husker football teams which earned bowl bids and 10 basketball teams which received postseason invitations.
Joos' final five years at Nebraska were spent as the director of men's basketball operations, where his duties included managing the program's budget, coordinating team travel, scheduling and community relations. During his Nebraska career, he also served as the executive producer of the Danny Nee Television Show for 11 years and handled color commentary on Husker men's basketball radio broadcasts for seven seasons. Joos was also a press officer at the 1991 Pan American Games and the 1989 and 1990 U.S. Olympic Festivals and was worked numerous NCAA Championship events in his career.
A member of the CoSIDA Academic All-America committee, Joos completed a three-year term as an at-large member of the organization's board of directors in July 2006, then entered the 2,500-member group's officer rotation as second Vice President in 2006-07. He served as CoSIDA's President during the 2008-09 academic year when the organization voted to affiliate itself with NACDA. All-told, he spent nine years on the CoSIDA Board, ending his tenure in 2011-12.
Joos, who received the All-American Football Foundation's Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID Award in 2007, was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 2014. He and his wife, Jill, are the parents of two children, Christopher and Jenna.