|Title:||Director of Athletic Communications|
Grubbs is in his 13th year as the director of athletic communications at Hardin-Simmons University.
He is mainly responsible for the publicity of the athletic department through a variety of channels, the most prominent being www.hsuathletics.com. He also handles all media relations for the athletic department.
He has provided the oversight to two major trendsetting standards among Division III SID departments. HSU was the first Division III school in the nation to go to a sports specific vendor for the hosting of its web site when it went with CSTV in 2001. HSU is currently in its fifth year with Presto Sports. HSU was also the first Division III school to add livestats to the web site in 2000. Both of those trends are something that a majority of the schools around the nation now provide.
Grubbs regularly broadcasts basketball, baseball and softball games on the internet for HSU.
In his time at Hardin-Simmons he has successfully publicized several athletes to national awards – including two national players of the year in Kendra Anderson (women’s basketball) and Ashley Huston (women’s track and field). HSU is the only school in the ASC to have a Honda Award winner, a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete winner, and a NCAA Woman of the Year Finalists (three times). HSU also leads the ASC in academic and athletic All-Americans and NCAA Postgraduate scholars during his time at Hardin-Simmons.
He was voted the American Southwest Conference Sports Information Department of the year for the 2010-11 in a vote of his peers.
Grubbs is an active member of CoSIDA, where he serves as the national chair of the publications contest. He has served on that committee for 12 years and is in his third season as the chair. He was also voted as a board member of DIII SIDA this last year for a three-year term in a vote of the SIDs in the quadrant he represents.
He has or is currently serving as a national top 25 voter for men’s and women’s soccer, football and baseball and has served on the All-American committee for both soccers, women’s basketball, football and baseball.
In addition to his regular duties, he also serves on the student publications committee at Hardin-Simmons, is the sponsor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is HSU’s representative on the Abilene Sports Alliance Committee.
Grubbs is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 1999. He added a master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons in Sports and Recreation Management in 2002. He is originally from Fletcher, Okla., and he has been married to the former Lori Plumbtree for 13 years. They have one daughter, Lynlee (8).