Josh Kessler '04 heads into his ninth year as the director of athletic communications at Saint Michael's for the 2019-20 school year. Kessler manages a complete sports information and public relations program for the Purple Knights' 21 Division II varsity sports.
A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA), Kessler is the chair of the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and has also served on various campus search committees during his time at Saint Michael's. He also served as host of the 2018 ECAC-SIDA Workshop, helping to bring it to Vermont for the first time, and has served four years as a member of the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll men's basketball voting committee.
During his time as an employee at the College, Purple Knight student-athletes have regularly appeared in their hometown media and Burlington-area media outlets, as well as being featured by Vermont Public Radio, Sports Illustrated, and via the NCAA's social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), print (NCAA Champion magazine) and online (NCAA.com) accounts. Kessler has overseen three redesigns of SMCAthletics.com and implementation of a new Instagram channel, and provides management of the Purple Knight social media accounts.
Prior to serving as the first full-time sports information director at Division III Wheelock College in Boston in 2010-11, Kessler was the first full-time assistant sports information director at Division III Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., holding the position for five years, between 2005-06 and 2009-10. While at Wheaton, Kessler shared both the Vision of Service Award and the Claudia Friese Special Recognition Award, recognizing his distinctive service to the institution and its student-athletes.
A Colchester native and Saint Michael's graduate, Kessler earned his degree in journalism and mass communication in 2004 before spending the 2004-05 academic year as the intern in the sports publicity office at Division I Dartmouth College.
As an undergraduate, Kessler served as a student assistant in the sports information office for four years, being recognized for his work with the 2003 George "Doc" Jacobs Award, presented annually by the College to a student who makes a truly outstanding contribution to Purple Knight Athletics, regardless of athletic ability. Kessler also received the ECAC-SIDA Bill Esposito Memorial Award that year.