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Evan O'Kelly has been hired as the new director of communications for the Montana State Billings athletic department.

O'Kelly, of Portland, Ore., previously served as the media relations and sports information assistant for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which MSUB is a member.

O'Kelly, a graduate of Linfield College, will manage media relations for all 17 of MSUB's NCAA Division II athletic programs as well as writing press releases, compiling statistics, website maintenance and publishing promotional materials.

O'Kelly served as an assistant this year at MSUB's Desert Stinger Classic softball tournament in Las Vegas and worked with the Yellowjacket women's basketball team at the NCAA Division II West Region tournament.

"After conducting a national search, we are very fortunate to have Evan O'Kelly accept our offer to become the director of communications of our intercollegiate athletic department," said MSUB athletic director Krista Montague. "He brings a true passion for college athletics and a wide range of talents that will not only bolster our communications efforts, but also enhance our student-athlete experience. With his dedication and passion, we expect  him to become an integral part of the MSUB and Billings communities."

O'Kelly replaced Barrett Henderson, who accepted a similar position at Western Oregon University last fall.

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