Former local sportscaster has been with the university for three years
Wil Hampton has accepted a new role with Marian University athletics, where he will now serve as Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing and External Affairs. He has served as the Executive Director for Athletic Events, Sponsorships, and Marketing in the university’s Office of Institutional Advancement for the past three years.
In his new position, Hampton will be responsible for the planning and execution of all marketing activities as they relate to Marian University athletics, with the goal of maximizing attendance at all events and ensuring a quality game day experience for spectators. He will report directly to Steve Downing, Director of Athletics, and will have responsibility for managing the Sports Information Director and Assistant Sports Information Director.
“Wil has been an integral part of Marian University athletics for the past three seasons,” Downing said. “In his new role, I think he can have an even greater impact on raising the profile of what our student-athletes are accomplishing both on and off the field.” This past year, the Knights captured NAIA national championship in football and women’s basketball, as well USA Cycling’s Team Omnium crown—the ultimate team title in all of collegiate cycling.
Hampton is well known to Indianapolis sports fans. Prior to joining Marian University in 2013, he was a longtime sportscaster on television and radio, including on-air stints with WISH-TV, WRTV, and the Indianapolis Colts.
“This is a new opportunity that allows me to build upon the many things we have accomplished over the past three years,” Hampton said. “I’m looking forward to working directly with Steve Downing, our outstanding coaches, and the student-athletes in the Knights' Athletic Department.”
In his three years at Marian University, Hampton has led athletics fundraising to record levels, while promoting the athletic accomplishments of one of the NAIA’s ten most successful programs nationally. Hampton has overseen projects to televise several football and basketball games, and produced and hosted the Marian University Coaches’ Show, which previously aired weekly on Hometown Sports Network (HTSN). Last season, the Knights achieved record home attendance for football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.
One of Hampton’s immediate goals is to increase video and storytelling of the athletics website (www.muknights.com), and on social media. “I want to help the student-athletes tell their story,” Hampton said. “They have a great story to tell.”