ELMHURST, Ill. – The Summit League and Commissioner Tom Douple announced the hiring of Kelly Shipp and Aubrie Laufenberg Friday morning to fill the remaining positions of its communications staff. Shipp will take over as the league's associate director of communications while Laufenberg becomes the assistant director of communications.
Both staff additions will begin on Aug. 1 when The Summit League headquarters officially moves to Sioux Falls, S.D.
"[Shipp] and [Laufenberg] are accomplished young talents in the communications field," said Commissioner Douple. "[Shipp] brings an outside perspective with his power-five experience, and [Laufenberg] provides valuable knowledge of The Summit League with her work at a member institution. I'm confident these new team members will successfully position the League in the ever-developing communications world."
Shipp will focus in the areas of media relations and communications for The Summit League in his new role as associate director of communications, specifically serving as the league's primary contact for women's basketball among other assigned sports. He will also provide additional assistance preparing and supporting championship events.
Most recently, Shipp was an athletic communications assistant at the University of Florida, acting as the primary contact for the Gator men's tennis program and a secondary resource for women's volleyball and lacrosse. He comes to The Summit League with six years of experience in athletics communications/sports information, also making stops at Augustana University and Northwest Missouri State.
In her new role, Laufenberg will serve as the league's primary contact and on-site communications liaison for several Olympic sports and their championship events. Other duties also include championship preparation and on-site support.
Laufenberg makes her way to Sioux Falls via the I-29 corridor following a year-long stint with league member South Dakota in Vermillion. As a sports information graduate assistant, Laufenberg performed the communication duties for the Coyote volleyball, swimming and diving and tennis programs. Before USD, Laufenberg was a sports information director's assistant at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a sports writer for the college's on campus newspaper The Concordian.
THE SUMMIT LEAGUE has hired Kelly Shipp as its Associate Director of Communications and Aubrie Laufenberg as its Assistant Director of Communications.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 95 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.