MSU alumnus Rick Kindhart is in his seventh year directing the athletics communications efforts and his sixth as assistant A.D. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department, he is the primary contact for MSU football and men's basketball. During his tenure at MSU, Kindhart has served on the NCAA Self-Study Committee, University Marketing Council and is part of the Greater Springfield Public Relations Advisory Committee. During his 20-plus years in the sports information profession, he has earned a number of national writing and publication awards, including a CoSIDA second in the nation award in 2012 for the Missouri State men's basketball game programs and a third in nation honor for the same MSU publication in 2010. He has also worked on the media relations teams for several national and regional events, including the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball St. Louis Regional, 2006 Final Four and 1995 Freestyle Wrestling World Championships in Atlanta. A 1991 honors graduate of MSU, Kindhart joined the MSU staff in July 2008 after serving as assistant executive director for communications for the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) for a total of 11 years and spending one year as a statistics coordinator at the NCAA National Office in Indianapolis. He received his master's degree in 1993 from Southeast Missouri State, where he was assistant SID from 1991-93. From 1993-96, he was sports information director at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. He and his wife, Christy, have two children, Matt and Shelby.