Ryan Powell serves as the associate director in the media relations office, serving as primary contact for football, men's basketball and both the men's and women's golf programs. The 2013-14 academic year will be the fifth for Powell at UND.
Prior to UND, Powell spent two years as associate director of athletics communication at the University of Central Florida where he served as the primary contact for UCF's 2007 Conference USA champion football team and 2008 NCAA East Region qualifying women's golf team.
While at UCF, Powell successfully promoted the school's first consensus football All-American, Kevin Smith, who was a third-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Powell also served as the media coordinator for the 2007 NCAA Women's Golf Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Prior to his stint in Orlando, Powell served two years as the associate director of media relations with Conference USA, based in Irving, Texas. At C-USA, he served as the league's co-contact for football and primary contact for indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country and softball. He also served as interim men's basketball contact during the 2005-06 season.
Powell is currently a member of the board of directors for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association - a post he began prior to the 2013 season.
A native of Huntsville, Ala., Powell also spent time as a media relations assistant at Auburn University and the University of Memphis. He earned a bachelor's degree in corporate journalism from Auburn in 2000 and received a master's degree in sport and leisure commerce from Memphis in 2004.
He and his wife, Kelly, have two boys, Jack (6) and Evan (1).