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Joe Browning
Joe Browning
Position: Senior Associate A.D./Communications
Phone: (910) 962-3236
Email: browningj@uncw.edu

     Joe Browning has fashioned a 26-year career in collegiate athletics, including the last 21 years at UNC Wilmington, where he has been a fixture since 1986 and serves as Senior Associate Athletic Director.

    A native of Topeka, Ks., Browning began his career in the newspaper business, working for daily and weekly newspapers in Virginia and Idaho. He won press association awards for his writing and photography in both states, and served as a judge for both the Virginia and North Carolina Press Associations.

     Browning broke into the sports information profession in 1987 when he became Director of Sports Information and Promotions at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He was named West Virginia Conference SID-of-the-Year three times during his five-year stay in the Mountaineer State and won 12 NAIA publication awards before moving down to coastal North Carolina. In 2000, Shepherd presented him with a special citation in recognition of his leadership and commitment as a founder member of its Hall of Fame.

     At UNCW, Browning is one of the senior publicists in the Colonial Athletic Association. In his long tenure with the Seahawks, he has served as media coordinator for numerous conference events and become a familiar face in conference circles. In 1995, he served as media coordinator for the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships.

    Browning has worked hard to spearhead UNCW’s emergence on the NCAA Division I scene. He created the department’s first athletic web site, established the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame, developed the Seahawk TV Network, and expanded Seahawk Sports Network radio and internet properties. He created the “Seahawk Sports Roundup,” a periodic television show highlighting all Seahawk teams, and in 2008-09, launched “UNCW Sports Extra,” a variety sports show aired regionally on ESPN2 in conjunction with Time Warner Cable.

    Browning has been very active in campus life. He has chaired several search committees and served as a member of the Web Coordination Committee, Printing Services Advisory Committee, UNCW Staff Council, Campus Wellness Committee and Human Resources Advisory Committee.

    He chairs the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee and served as co-chair of the campus-wide Relay for Life Committee that raised a record $80,000 for the American Cancer Society in 2008. In April of 2009, he was recognized by the UNCW Department of Communication Studies as its Outstanding Internship Director for the year.

    Browning has served on the media relations staffs of several Olympic events. He assisted the U.S. Olympic Committee at the 1987, 1989 and 1990 U.S. Olympic Festivals, the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, and the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. He also worked the local organizing committees of the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo, N.Y. and the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

    Browning has been a member of the Publications, Special Awards and Site Selection Committees of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). His 1993 men’s basketball program was voted fourth best among NCAA Division I schools.

     In the summer of 2009, Browning was elected to a three-year term on CoSIDA's National Board of Directors, joining only four other North Carolinians to serve on the organization's management cabinet in its 60-year history.
     Browning has been very active with UNCW's conference affiliation, the Colonial Athletic Association. He has worked as the host site media coordinator for numerous championship events and was selected by CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager to serve on the league's 25th Anniversary Executive Committee and Silver Stars Selection Committee.
In addition, Browning was one of the founders and served as the first president of the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA), a group of sports information professionals dedicated to the promotion of the state’s collegiate student-athletes.

    Browning earned his B.S. Degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his M.S. Degree in Mass Communications from Shippensburg University.

     He and his wife, Mary, have two children; Hayley, 17, and Ivan, 12.

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