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Derek Diesner Named OUAZ Sports Information Director

Surprise, AZ.
 – OUAZ Director of Athletics, Kevin Steele, is pleased to announce the hiring of Derek Diesner as the Sports Information Director for the Ottawa Spirit and its new campus in Surprise, Arizona. 
“It is privilege to have Derek (Diesner) back in the Valley of the Sun,” said OUAZ Director of Athletics Kevin Steele. “Derek brings high energy, proven media skills, along with a passion for excellence to our sports information office. His writing skills are well known and his past experience with the NAIA and NAIA-SIDA will help to make our transition as seamless as possible. Derek’s skills and abilities will serve our student-athletes and constituencies incredibly well.”
Diesner joins the Spirit athletic department after serving previously in the same capacity at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. At CMU, he was responsible for the publicity for all 15 varsity athletic programs, along with their 12 junior varsity programs. In addition to the sports publicity, he maintained the athletic department’s website and social media accounts.
“I want to thank President (Kevin) Eichner, Vice President (Dennis) Tyner and Director of Athletics Kevin Steele for granting me this opportunity,” said Derek Diesner. “I am really excited to join the brand new athletic department at OUAZ. To be a part of something from the ground floor and watch it blossom will be amazing. I am eager to start working with Kevin Steele and the entire athletics staff.”
Prior to Central Methodist, Diesner served as the SID at Arizona Christian University and Arizona Western College; a community college in Yuma. Diesner has also spent time working in minor league baseball and various small-town radio stations.
“I knew OUAZ was the right place for me the second I got to Surprise,” added Diesner. “After meeting with Kevin (Steele) and the rest of the athletics staff and university administrators, I knew this was a place I wanted to be. I strongly believe the city of Surprise will support this University, and I am excited to help promote not only our athletic programs, but the University as well, to the local media and beyond.”
Diesner is a native of Gurnee, Illinois and graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelors degree in sports broadcasting.
For more information about OUAZ athletics, visit http://www.ottawa.edu/ouaz/athletics. Follow OUAZ athletics on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OUAZSpiritAthletics/ and on Twitter twitter.com/OUAZSpirit.        
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About Ottawa University
Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz. (opening Fall 2017), and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.