UNI Athletics adds Joel Wauters, former Panther, to its communications team

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI Athletics has hired Joel wauters as deputy director of communication.

Wauters, a 2018 UNI graduate, joins the Sports Information Department at Trinity International University.

“Joel’s passion for UNI Athletics makes him an ideal candidate for our team,” said Michelle van dorn, UNI deputy sports director of communications. “He appreciates tradition and knows the deep-rooted history of our programs. We are delighted to welcome a Panther home.”

At TIU, he oversaw media relations and statistics for the university’s eight varsity teams. He has served as Director of Gaming Operations, Gaming Staffing and Venue Setup for Home Events.

Panther fans may recognize him as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Waterloo Bucks, where he filled in several times during the summer of 2021.

Wauters joined TIU’s Sports Department in August 2019. As the Department’s Sports Information Director, Wauters was responsible for providing live statistics, producing media content at the written and digital level, maintenance of the sports department website and record keeping of TIU teams.

Prior to coming to Trinity, Wauters worked as the director of media relations for the Cedar Valley CourtKings, a Midwest Basketball League men’s semi-professional basketball team based in Waterloo, Iowa, from late 2017 to the 2019 season, where he oversaw all media. operations for the organization which included pre-game and post-game stories, website management, graphic design and in-game promotions. In addition, he also served as the interim radio host of the team during the 2018 season.

From December 2018 to August 2019, Wauters also worked as a studio producer and co-host for “On Press Row” with Gary Rima, the voice of UNI Panther football and men’s basketball. The weekday sports radio show aired on News Talk 1540 in Waterloo and focused on sports in Iowa.

Wauters graduated from UNI in December 2018 with a BA in Digital Media: Journalism. While working at UNI, Wauters was the sports editor of “The Northern Iowan”, UNI’s bi-weekly student-produced newspaper.

Wauters also has a background in competitive swimming, having swam for 12 years before becoming the coach of the Black Hawk area swim team and his hometown Dysart swim team in 2014.

Originally from Elberon, Iowa, Joel currently resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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