Paul Kirk is in his third year with Colorado State Athletics, managing the Rams' overall athletics communications strategies. He joined the university staff on July 31, 2012, as director of media relations and was promoted to Assistant A.D. for Communications in October 2014.
In addition to managing the department's staff of four full-time assistants and a team of student-assistants, Kirk serves as the primary spokesperson for the CSU Athletic Department and handles communications for Colorado State's football program.
Kirk's move to CSU in 2012 marked a return to the state of Colorado, where he spent 13 seasons with the NFL's Denver Broncos before three years as a partner in Denver-based ProLink Sports, a full-service public relations and sports marketing firm.
Prior to CSU, Kirk spent 17 months as the Assistant Athletics Director for Communications at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he managed the Bulldogs' overall athletic communications strategies and handled publicity for the men's basketball and football teams, while serving as media coordinator for the annual Drake Relays.
During his time at Drake, Kirk also managed media relations for the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and led Drake's initiatives to extend the reach of its social media efforts and expand its use of video across all of its digital media platforms.
Kirk spent the previous three years as a partner with ProLink Sports, where his expertise centered on connecting professional athletes and organizations with 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 was instrumental in directing the media operations of the Denver Broncos, including the back-to-back World Championship seasons of 1997 and 1998. 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 and softball teams.
Upon receiving his bachelor's degree in communications 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.
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, Kirk is a graduate of Skagway (Alaska) High School. He has three children, Samuel, Wilson and Grace.
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