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Nicholas Huenefeld
Nicholas Huenefeld
Title: Sports Information Director
Phone: 567-661-7972
Email: nicholas_huenefeld@owens.edu
Year: 7th Year
Previous College: Bowling Green State University, 2010

Nicholas Huenefeld is in his seventh full-year as sports information director at Owens Community College after taking over in January 2011. He is in charge of handling publicity for all three sports at the college in addition to producing all communications, handling the maintenance of OwensExpress.com, producing live stream events and overseeing all athletic social media efforts, statistics and records. He also serves on the Owens athletics hall of fame committee and is the department's photographer.

Through 2016-17, Huenefeld has promoted 22 conference championships, 14 Region XII championships and 15 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament teams during his time at Owens. Of those 15, eight have finished among the top five in the nation including the 2011 national runner-up softball team, the third place 2014-15 women's basketball team and the third place 2016 women's volleyball team.

Individually, Huenefeld has overseen the publicity for 25 NJCAA All-Americans, 62 NJCAA Academic Award winners and 10 NJCAA All-Academic teams. During his time, the college has produced its very first All-Americans from the AVCA, NFCA and WBCA. Furthermore, the 2016 volleyball team won the department's first AVCA team academic award.

On top of that, since Huenefeld started, 160 Owens student-athletes have moved on to the NCAA or NAIA four-year level. Of that number, 32 went on to play at NCAA Division I schools including Jeryn Reese (La Salle University), Brooke Gyori (University of Tennessee at Martin) and Derrik Jamerson Jr. (Norfolk State University) following the 2016-17 school year.

During his time at Owens, Huenefeld has energized the promotion of Owens athletics, which the evidence of is shown in the championships, awards and moving student-athletes on. In 2011, prior to his arrival, the athletic department's promotion was run through the college's .edu website. Once taking over, Huenefeld improved the efforts on that site before working with former athletic director Rudy Yovich to create OwensExpress.com through PrestoSports, which Huenefeld has since redesigned.

Another key accomplishment for Huenefeld was the research and archival of the entire Owens athletics history since his hiring. This included library research and meeting with former Owens student-athletes and coaches, along with internet and campus research. The results of this work (historical rosters, year-by-year records, stats, team photos, etc.) can be found by clicking on the archive section of each sport page at OwensExpress.com.

Huenefeld was responsible for the creation of the department's social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, YouTube, ISSUU and most recently Periscope. The Facebook page, with nearly 1,700 likes/followers, was created initially. The Twitter page, which is nearing 1,000 followers, was created in December 2011, and the Instagram page debuted early in 2014 and has over 450 followers. More recently, improvements to the athletic department's YouTube page have taken form and most old athletics publications have been archived digitally online on ISSUU.com.

In 2014-15, Huenefeld continued to improve the athletic department's live streaming capabilities, which were non-existent when he started. After broadcasting men's and women's basketball home contests during the second half of the 2013-14 season, which were the first live streamed events in the department's history, the college broadcasted home volleyball events, as well as most home and away men's and women's basketball games.

Via StatCrew, Huenefeld serves as the statistician for women's basketball and men's basketball and has served in softball and baseball, which will return to the college in 2018-19 following a two-year hiatus. Huenefeld got his start at Owens as the statistician for both basketball teams in January 2005. 

In March 2013, Huenefeld was the catalyst behind Owens men's basketball sophomore James Kelly appearing on ESPN Sportcenter's Top 10, where the late Stuart Scott described one of his highlight dunks.

From 2011-13, Huenefeld also ran intramural basketball. Internationally known country star Luke Bryan participated in a game in February 2013. At the 2014-15 year-end athletics banquet, Huenefeld was presented with the Owens Community College Appreciation Award for "recognition in outstanding service to Owens Express Athletics."

Away from Owens, Huenefeld is in his sixth year as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Sports Information Director (www.occac.org). Aside from the management of the conference's website and writing all news releases, he has been in charge of statistics, live streaming and designing the program for the NJCAA Region XII District I and 11 tournaments at Ohio Christian University in each of the past four seasons, and he was personally responsible for the creation of several new conference postseason awards including male and female student-athlete of the year and an all-sportsmanship team. He also helped expand postseason awards in each individual sport and split the conference's postseason academic team into separate teams for the fall and spring semesters.

In addition to his duties at Owens and within the OCCAC, Huenefeld serves as a copy editor at The Toledo Blade in Toledo, Ohio, where he works the agate desk, processes photos for print and does layout. He previously served as a sports writer for The Sentinel Tribune newspaper in Bowling Green, Ohio, the Toledo Free Press newspaper in Toledo, Ohio and The Press newspaper in Millbury, Ohio.

Huenefeld is a 2010 graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he majored in sport communication and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. While there, he completed internships with the Lake Erie Monarchs summer collegiate wood bat baseball league, Lake High School in Millbury, Ohio, The Bluffton News newspaper in Bluffton, Ohio and the Owens Community College athletic department.

Prior to BGSU, Huenefeld completed the first two years of his bachelor's degree at Owens. While there, he was also heavily involved as a student at Owens - both in and out of the athletic department. In addition to his statistical duties with the basketball programs, he was a student worker in the athletic department and the Student Health and Activities Center. At different times, he served as an announcer and statistician for the softball program.

Outside of athletics, Huenefeld served as the college's student government president and editor in chief of the student newspaper, The Outlook. During his time in student government, he was selected to make speeches in front of the Ohio House of Representatives and former Ohio governor Bob Taft.

Also, as a student at Owens, Huenefeld appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Nov. 3, 2006 as part of the show's Don't Try This At Home segment. He has also appeared in two Ripley's Believe It or Not! publications - "Ripley's Believe It or Not: Planet Eccentric" and "Ripley's Believe It or Not: Prepare to be Shocked."

A Toledo, Ohio native, Huenefeld resides in Lake Township, Ohio. He is a graduate of Lake High School in Millbury, Ohio.