The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

July 23, 2013

Zundell named associate commissioner of MEC

WHEELING — Adam Zundell has been named associate commissioner of the Mountain East Conference, Commissioner Reid Amos announced Monday.

Zundell will serve as associate commissioner for communications for the league. He comes to the MEC after spending the last seven years at Fairmont State as the director of athletic communications and marketing.

“Adam is a tremendous addition to our staff whose work has consistently been nationally recognized,” Amos said. “He has a high level of familiarity with NCAA Division II and the membership of the MEC. He will undoubtedly help us hit the ground running as our inaugural year approaches.”

“It’s very exciting to be a part of the Mountain East Conference,” Zundell said. “I am a firm believer in the ideals of Division II, and am proud to be in a position to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the schools and student-athletes in the MEC.”

At Fairmont State, Zundell was in charge of the publicity of all 15 sports for the Falcons. He served as the editor and provided a majority of the content for fightingfalcons.com, in addition to overseeing the site’s re-design in 2010. He was in charge of the implementation and execution of the various social media utilized by the FSU department of athletics over the last several years, and also coordinated the school’s athletic webcasts.

Zundell wrote and edited all of Fairmont State’s media guides. The 2009 football media guide was rated third-best in the country by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the 2010 women’s basketball guide was awarded fourth-best in the nation.

In addition to his media relations responsibilities, he was instrumental in leading Fairmont State’s award-winning community engagement initiatives from 2009-12. FSU was recognized as having the top initiative in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for three straight years, and the 2011 campaign, “Put Your Best Fairmont Forward,” was recognized by the NCAA as the best in country.

Prior to coming to Fairmont State, Zundell spent three years at the University of Maryland as an assistant sports information director. At Maryland, he was the primary media relations liaison for men’s soccer, wrestling and women’s lacrosse. He received several national awards from CoSIDA and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for publications and articles he generated.

The Fairmont native earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit, where he was a four-time All-WVIAC and three-time NCAA Division II Academic All-America performer in cross country, in addition to winning three individual conference titles in track. He earned his master’s degree from West Virginia University and spent three years working in the sports communication office at WVU.

Zundell and his wife Kelly are the parents of Drew (7), Tyler (4) and Cara (2).

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