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Paul Kirk
Position: Assistant Athletic Director
Other Position: Communications
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Alma Mater: University of Washington
Phone: 515-271-3014
Email: paul.kirk@drake.edu

Paul Kirk is in his second year as Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications at Drake University. Hired in February 2011, Kirk directs the Bulldogs' overall athletic communications efforts and serves as the primary media contact for men's basketball and football, as well as media coordinator for the Drake Relays.

Kirk spent the previous three years as a partner with ProLink Sports, a full-service sports public relations and sports marketing firm. Kirk's expertise centered on connecting professional athletes and organizations with meaningful community and charitable opportunities, as well as image management, public relations, fan communication, speaking opportunities and appearances. ProLink's clients included Denver Broncos players Brian Dawkins and Lonie Paxton, former Broncos Ed McCaffrey, Rod Smith, Jake Plummer and John Lynch, the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse and the United Football League.

Prior to launching ProLink Sports in 2008, Kirk spent 13 years with the NFL's Denver Broncos, where he was instrumental in directing the media operations of the back-to-back World Champion teams of 1997 and 1998, and worked with Pro Football Hall of Fame members John Elway, Shannon Sharpe and Gary Zimmerman. Kirk joined the Broncos in 1995 as a media relations assistant, was media relations manager from 1999-2002 and director of media relations from 2002-08. He was involved in all aspects of the team's public relations operation and produced the team's media guide for the majority of his time with the club.

Kirk began his career as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, working as a student assistant for Husky athletics in the sports information office. There his opportunities included game support for men's basketball, football and variety of other sports, as well as day-to-day media relations operations for the Huskies' men's and women's tennis teams and the softball team.

Upon graduating from Washington, Kirk accepted a graduate assistant position at Arizona State University. Between 1993-95 he handled the sports information duties for the Sun Devils' men's and women's track and field, men's and women's cross-country, baseball, wrestling, volleyball and softball teams as a graduate assistant. His experience included handling of media relations for the annual Sun Angel Track & Field Classic, which featured notable Olympic athletes and the top collegiate talent from across the nation.

Kirk also served internships with the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals and provided game-day assistance to the Seattle Sonics and Phoenix Suns.

A Seattle native, Paul and his wife Michelle have three children, Samuel, Wilson and Grace.