10:36 AM

UST Hires First Sports Information Director

In keeping with the continued growth of its Athletic Department, University of St. Thomas Athletic Director Todd Smith announced the hiring of Alan Wiederhold-Sohn to serve as the University's first-ever Sports Information Director (SID).

Wiederhold-Sohn arrives at St. Thomas after fulfilling a similar role at nearby Texas Southern University.

No stranger to the St. Thomas campus, Wiederhold-Sohn served as the public address announcer for select Celts volleyball matches in 2017 and 2018. He was also an official statistician for several UST volleyball and basketball contests over the past two seasons, including the 2017 postseason Red River Athletic Conference volleyball tournament, hosted by St. Thomas.

Smith is more than ready to add Wiederhold-Sohn to the team. "Most of our coaches and I have worked with and known Alan for a few years. He is dedicated to his profession, has an excellent work ethic, and is always positive and upbeat with everyone with whom he works. We are very excited to have a full-time SID, who will promote UST Athletics and our Student-Athletes."

The addition of a Sports Information Director to University's Athletic Department coincides with St. Thomas beginning its transition into the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).

Wiederhold-Sohn is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, another NCAA Division III institution that also competes in the SCAC. He also has two years of professional experience at the Division III level, having served as the SID at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, from 2010 through 2012.

A native of Deer Park, Texas, Wiederhold-Sohn has spent the past five years at NCAA Division I member institutions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He served as the assistant sports information at Prairie View A&M University for two years before moving to Texas Southern in 2016.

Prior to entering collegiate athletic media relations, Wiederhold-Sohn was a Sports Editor at the Llano County Journal and Seguin Gazette newspapers.

"I am thrilled to join the athletics staff at such an exciting time for St. Thomas Athletics," Wiederhold-Sohn said. "I am extremely grateful for Todd Smith and the athletics staff for giving me a chance to serve this university; I am also grateful for Coach Smith, [UST President] Dr. Richard Ludwick, and the University Administration for recognizing the importance of this position."