Contributors

Chris Williams, Publisher

Chris has published Cyclone Fanatic since the fall of 2009. In addition to the Cyclone Fanatic Podcast Network, Chris can be heard daily from 4-6 on 1460 KXnO / 106.3 FM in Des Moines. A 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, Williams is the host of Iowa State football’s postgame show on the Cyclone Radio Network. He also assists in the Network’s women’s basketball coverage. Williams is passionate about media, brand building and business in general. When he isn’t working, Chris is probably wrangling and loving on his two young daughters, Camryn and Elyse while his wife Ashley roles her eyes in the background. 

Brent Blum, Columnist 

Brent Blum has been a columnist for Cyclone Fanatic since 2009. He is the host and producer for the Cyclone Football broadcasts on the Cyclone Radio Network and occasional voice for Cyclone Women’s Basketball. Blum’s “real” job is as the Director of Development for the Ivy College of Business/Iowa State Foundation. Since graduating from Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism in 2007, he has spent time working for WOI-TV in Des Moines, KMA Radio in Shenandoah and the Orlando Magic of the NBA. Blum and wife Krystal, have two boys, Everett and Theodore. 

Jared Stansbury, Managing Editor

Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year old puggle, Lolo.

Rob Gray, Senior Writer

Rob, an Ames native, serves as Cyclone Fanatic’s Senior Writer. He joined the Fanatic team in August 2014 after spending nearly 15 years working for The Des Moines Register and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Rob’s hobbies include gardening, cycling and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings. He lives in Ankeny with his wife, Lisa; daughter, Stephanie; son, Derek; dogs, Bella and Jasper; and cat, Kali.

Jacqueline Cordova, Social Media Director & Staff Writer 

Jacqueline graduated from Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism in Fall of 2018. She joined the staff at Cyclone Fanatic as an intern in 2017 as a wrestling writer. She has now become the site’s Social Media Director and continues to be the Iowa State Wrestling beat reporter. Jacqueline began her time in athletics when she became an intern for the NJCAA in 2016, spent the 2017-18 season as a PR intern for the Minnesota Vikings and the 2018-19 season with the Iowa Wolves. She also went on to be an NFL intern during Super Bowl LII. Jacqueline loves photography, reading and watching trash reality TV shows when she’s not watching sports.  

Jay Jordan, Football Analyst

Jay is a real estate attorney in the Tyler, Texas area. He is a 1994 graduate of Iowa State University where he played football for Coach Walden. He went on to attend law school at SMU Dedman School of Law, graduating in 1997. With a lifetime devoted to his love of the game, schemes, administration, and structure of football, he has been an analyst and contributor for Cyclone Fanatic since 2017.

Steph Copley, Contributor

Steph graduated from Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism before getting her law degree at Drake University. She fell in love with Cyclone athletics while working in the Athletics Communications Office as a student at Iowa State. She now contributes to Cyclone Fanatic and co-hosts the Title IX Podcast on the Cyclone Fanatic Podcast Network.

Alisa Woods, Contributor 

Title IX podcast cohost Alisa Woods graduated from Iowa State in the last Sport Management class in 2007. She lived in Chicago and New Orleans, working in horse racing before landing back in Iowa at WHO-TV as a multimedia producer. After two years in news, Alisa started a position with the Iowa Events Center where she currently works in the ticket office full time. Alisa and her husband Arnold, a fellow ISU grad, have two young kids, Rosa and Malcolm.  Alisa spends what little free time she has playing softball and volleyball, baking, and spending time outdoors with her family.  

Connor Ferguson, Staff Writer 

Connor currently works as CycloneFanatic’s beat writer for women’s basketball as well as being the man behind the curtains of Always Race Day – 712 Media’s site dedicated to motorsports. Connor will graduate from Iowa State in the winter following the fall 2020 semester and hopes to remain in Des Moines where he grew up. In his free time, Connor enjoys watching sports of all kinds, playing hockey, and eating nachos. 

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Contributor 

Kevin somehow managed to graduate from Iowa State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. How that happened remains a mystery. He and his wife Kimmy, who also graduated from ISU, got married in 2017 and live in Ankeny. Kevin enjoys trying to spoil his wife and telling people about how he used to be good at golf.

Jeff Woody, Contributor

Jeff was a running back for the ‘Clones from 2009-2013 and now contributes to FaRT and football analysts for CF. He’s most known for the Oklahoma State 2OT game-winner in 2011, but also did other stuff in the other 49 games he played in. A walk-on from Southeast Polk in Pleasant Hill to start his ISU career, Jeff earned a scholarship and parlayed that into an undergraduate and Master’s from ISU. He’s currently the co-owner of Ankeny Sports Performance, a sales rep in the integrative medicine space, and proud dog dad of two; a chocolate lab mutt and a Doberman/Heeler mix. 

Kirk Haaland, Contributor 

Kirk has been a contributor at Cyclone Fanatic since 2009 and is a lifelong Cyclone fan. He eventually started his own website, enCYCLONEpedia.com, where he cultivated an interest in statistical analysis and historical Iowa State football and basketball data. Kirk graduated from Iowa State University in 2006 with a degree in Industrial Technology and has worked as a Manufacturing/Quality Engineer ever since. He’s married to his wife, Kelley, and has three daughters, Hannah, Hayley, and Kinley (plus his Golden Retriever, George).