Guiding the communications outreach of Linfield's 19 varsity athletic programs, Kelly Bird is in his 26th year as the college's sports information director. His areas of oversight include the Linfield Athletics Web site, sports publications, radio broadcasting, video display board, video Webcasting, athletics newsletter, and the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame.
Since joining the staff in 1989, Bird has covered a remarkable spectrum of accomplishment by Linfield student-athletes, teams and coaches. He coordinated media coverage of Linfield’s 2004 NCAA Division III national championship football team, 2007 and 2011 national championship softball teams, Gagliardi and Melberger award-winning quarterback Brett Elliott, and the college’s NCAA-record 58-year streak of consecutive winning football seasons. Coverage of Linfield athletics has appeared in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Chicago Tribune, on cable networks ESPN, CSTV and FoxSports, and on Web sites CBS Sportsline and D3football.com.
Over the past decade, he has promoted 10 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including volleyball player Lindsay Harksen, who was the Academic All-American of the Year in 2005.
Bird was honored as Linfield's Administrator of the Year for the McMinnville campus in 2007 and received the Northwest Conference SID of the Year award for the 2007-08 academic year.
He produced 22 nationally award-winning sports brochures, including five publications that were judged "Best in the Nation" by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Bird serves as the Division III representative with the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) and was a co-recipient of 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 “Best of NACMA” awards for video display board presentation.
He has mentored dozens of sports information student assistants, many of whom advanced to entry-level jobs in the fields of journalism, sports information, graphic design and Web site design.
Bird spent 14 years at The Oregonian newspaper in Portland as a sports-statistics editor and worked for as an announcer for five years at KUIK radio in Hillsboro. He is a graduate of Portland Community College.
Born in Calgary, Canada, Bird grew up in Tigard, Ore. He and his wife, Jolene, live in McMinnville, with their two school-age daughters, Karlee and Jillian.
Katherine Brackmann begins her fifth year with Linfield College in an enhanced role as assistant director for external relations and as the department's senior woman administrator.
Brackmann provides leadership and support toward the day-to-day operations of the sports information office and coordinates annual events, such as the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet. She guides new outreaches in the areas of athletics promotions and marketing, and aids in the department's sponsorship and fundraising activities. Brackmann offers additional administrative support to the athletics office, including NCAA reporting, and oversees student engagement and service as the primary adviser to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Brackmann earned a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University, graduating summa cum laude in Sport Management. As a student, Brackmann wrote for her college newspaper, The Gonzaga Bulletin, and held several leadership positions on campus.
Prior to Linfield, Brackmann served as the communications and marketing intern with the Spokane Regional Sports Commission. In that role, she helped publicize various sporting events in the Spokane region, including the 2010 USA Cross Country Championships. Brackmann also worked one season with the Seattle Storm of the WNBA in the public relations department, assisting with writing press releases and coordinating game-day media operations.
A native of Sammamish, Wash., Brackmann attended Skyline High School, where she competed in basketball and track and field.
She serves Linfield in a full-time capacity. Her position is partially funded by the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant, which seeks to enhance gender and ethnic diversity through full-time professional positions in athletics administration.