ROANOKE, Va. - It was announced today by Hollins athletic director Myra Sims that Justin McIlwee has been named the new sports information director at Hollins University.
"I am thrilled for Justin to join our team because of his experience, and his enthusiasm for the field of sports information," Sims said "Justin has a strong skill-set that will serve Hollins athletics very well. After working in a different field for a few years, he found his calling in the field of athletics communications and pursued this career with great intention. I have no doubt that Justin will earn the respect and admiration of our coaches and student-athletes, and will be a strong colleague across the ODAC."
McIlwee comes to Hollins after spending this past year as the assistant director of athletic communication at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.
"I am excited to be part of the Hollins family," McIlwee said. "I want to thank Myra Sims for giving me the chance to come in and lead the Hollins sports information office. After meeting with her, seeing what she has done for the athletic department as well as her vision for the future, it was clear that Hollins was where I wanted to be. I also want to thank Richie Waggoner for laying down the foundation of the university's sports information office for the past 13 years."
During his time in Jackson, McIlwee worked with all 16 Millsaps sports and was the primary contact for the Majors volleyball, men's soccer, cross-country, women's basketball, softball and track and field teams.
Prior to his time at Millsaps, McIlwee got his start in collegiate sports information as the volleyball statistician for the James Madison University women's volleyball team during their 2017 CAA championship season. He also worked for various newspapers in the Shenandoah Valley as a sports editor, general news writer and features writer. In 2015, while working on his master's in sports journalism, McIlwee was the media relations intern for the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A two-time JMU graduate, McIlwee lives in Broadway with his wife, Morgan, and their two dogs, Tango and Kenobi. "It was important for me to have the chance to stay in Virginia," McIlwee said. "All of our family is here and we can't wait to become a part of the Hollins, and Roanoke, community."