Kroeschell Takes New Athletics Department Post
AMES, Iowa – Long-time Iowa State athletics communications director Tom Kroeschell is shifting to a newly created position in the department – Director of Broadcast Scheduling with Cyclones.tv. Tom will also work directly on the athletics department’s future dedicated television channel on Mediacom.
Currently, Cyclones.tv telecasts approximately 75 live events annually. As the department ramps up for its launch of a dedicated channel on Mediacom, there will be significant time available for programming outside of those live events. Over time, the department hopes to collect, create and telecast classic games, old coaches’ shows, sit-down interviews with legends and game replays.
“We have an opportunity as a department to fill significant broadcast windows once our dedicated channel launches on Mediacom,” Senior Associate A.D. Steve Malchow said. “Much of the new programming will likely be of a historical nature. There isn’t a better historian of Cyclone Athletics than Tom and we’ll capitalize on his experience, relationships with former coaches and players and news judgment to help create and schedule programming. Having observed much of our history the last two-and-a-half decades coupled with his unique perspectives and storytelling skills, Tom is a perfect fit for what we have identified.”
“The commitment our department is making to use both Cyclones.tv and the Mediacom channel to tell our story is significant and I’m eager to be a part of this exciting future,” Kroeschell said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed hundreds of relationships with Cyclone coaches and players over the years and re-visiting those relationships and packaging our history in a new way is something I’m looking forward to.”
Kroeschell was hired to work in the department’s communications office in 1985. He had served as the director of that unit since 1993 and worked specifically with the football, wrestling and men’s and women’s track and cross country teams.
In the last year, Kroeschell made significant contributions to the Cyclones.tv endeavor having served as play-by-play announcer for telecasts of Iowa State wrestling. He will continue those duties while expanding into new areas as well.
During his tenure, Kroeschell has handled publicity efforts for eight bowl games, three NCAA championship teams (1987 wrestling, 1989 and 1994 men’s cross country), a Heisman Trophy finalist (Troy Davis), the only undefeated wrestler in NCAA history (Cael Sanderson), three Olympic Gold Medalists (Sanderson, Kevin Jackson and Jake Varner) and 44 NCAA champions in track & field, cross country and wrestling (including four timers Sanderson and Lisa Koll).
Kroeschell, who was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for 25 years of service in 2011, also was cited by the NCAA Wrestling Committee for his contributions one year ago.
Kroeschell is a 1982 graduate of Drake with a degree in broadcasting. The Park Ridge, Ill., native is the son of two Iowa State graduates.