Mark Simpson is in his ninth year with the Big South and fifth as Assistant Commissioner, joining the League August 30, 2004. He is responsible for all areas of the League’s public relations efforts for its 19 Division I sports, serving as the primary contact for football, men’s basketball, women's lacrosse and men's and women's golf. Simpson also oversees the Big South Hall of Fame and the Conference’s record books, in addition to serving as the administrative liaison for the Big South Golf Championships.
Simpson joined the Conference from Street & Smith’s Sports Group, where he was a Staff Writer for The Sports Business Daily for three years. In his role, Simpson developed original content around sponsorships, sports media, franchises, leagues and facilities, and also covered the NHL All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004.
Prior to joining The Daily, Simpson spent three years as Director of Media & Public Relations for the ECHL Charlotte Checkers from 1998-01, and was honored with the league’s Public Relations Award in 1999.
Simpson’s experience also includes a stint as Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations for the Mid-Continent Conference from 1996-98. Before joining the Mid-Con, Simpson was Assistant Director of Media Services at Northwestern University from 1994-96, where he assisted with the 1995 Big Ten football champion and Rose Bowl Wildcats, as well as serving as the primary contact for women’s basketball, baseball and golf.
Simpson is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), and has served on the media relations staffs of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament second/third round games in Charlotte, the 2005 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first/second round games in Charlotte, the 2005 Opening Round game in Dayton, the 1997 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship and the 2000 ECHL All-Star Game.
A 1993 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Simpson worked as a four-year student SID and was a public relations intern with the Detroit Tigers in 1993. A native of Rockville, Md., Simpson resides in Pineville, N.C., with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, daughter, Carolyn (11) and son, Adam (7).