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Blunck steps into sports information department

Russ Blunck returns to his alma mater to replace Blake Timm

There is something special about being able to work at one’s alma mater, which both Pacific University’s outgoing and incoming sports information directors can attest to.

Russ Blunck
Blake Timm

Blake Timm is leaving Pacific after 16 years of service as sports information director. A 1998 graduate of Pacific, Timm will begin work as assistant commissioner for communications for the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference on July 13.

“It is a bittersweet decision to leave Pacific, but I am looking forward to my new adventure,” Timm said. “Pacific has been a great place to work and has provided me with wonderful opportunities to develop and advance as a professional. Our coaches and student-athletes have been great to work with and will continue to be inspirations to me.”

A two-time Jack Sareault Award winner as the Northwest Conference’s sports information director of the year, Timm has won 29 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Publication Contest awards for work on Pacific’s game programs and media guides, including eight “Best In The Nation” awards.

“I want to thank Blake for 16 years of outstanding service to Pacific University athletics,” said Director of Athletics Ken Schumann. “He has elevated our sports information office to one of the finest at the NCAA Division III level and we very, very much appreciate his good work and dedication over the years. He will certainly be missed.”

To replace Timm, Schumann has tapped Russ Blunck to be Pacific’s next sports information director. A 1982 graduate of Pacific, Blunck most recently served four years as associate athletic director at Division II Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. From 1997 to 2009, Blunck was associate athletic director and sports information director at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

This will be Blunck’s second stint as sports information director at Pacific. He served as a student SID while an undergraduate in addition to playing both football and baseball.

“This is a dream come true for me, to come back full circle to the place where my career began,” Blunck said. “Some of the best years of my life were spent on this campus. It is an honor to have the opportunity to return and serve Pacific’s student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans. I can’t wait to put on a Pacific polo and represent a place that is near and dear to my heart.”

Blunck has received a number of awards for his work. He has received 38 publication awards from both CoSIDA and NAIA-SIDA, and twice received the NAIA’s Gary Spitler Memorial Award for excellence in publications. In 2001, Blunck was the recipient of the Ike Pearson Award, honoring the NAIA sports information director of the year.

“We are very pleased and fortunate to have someone of the caliber of Russ Blunck join our Boxer family as sports information director,” Schumann said. “As an alum, Russ has a passion for Pacific University and our athletic program and his professional accomplishments in the area of athletic media relations are very impressive.”

Prior to Western Oregon, Blunck served in media relations capacities with the Portland Breakers of the defunct United States Football League.

Blunck will begin his duties at Pacific on July 20.


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