PIKEVILLE, Ky. – After 17 years as the only sports information director in University of Pikeville history, Rick Bentley is making a change to academics. Taking his place as Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director is Dan White who spent the past four years as assistant SID at Lindsey Wilson College.
Bentley is a 1989 Pikeville College graduate, who went on to be an award-winning sports journalist in the newspaper industry for eight years. After taking the SID position for the Bears, Bentley was awarded the Bill Sergent Sports Information Director of the Year honor four times by the Mid-South Conference.
“Rick Bentley epitomizes what a UPIKE Bear should be,” said Dr. Reginald F. Overton, Athletic Director at UPIKE. “Not only is Rick an outstanding writer, he also possesses a multitude of talents that go unseen. Talents such as expertise in social media, radio and TV personality, UPIKE historian and now a promising academician.”
In his 17 years at UPIKE, Bentley led the media coverage for four national championships and helped usher in the start of football at the school.
In his new role, Bentley will serve as a professor in UPIKE’s Master of Science in Sport Management program starting this fall.
“Rick will continue to serve UPIKE in the outstanding fashion that he has for the past 17 years, this time it will be in the classroom,” said Overton. “I look forward to this new course in his life as I can assure you he will give 100% to educating our students.”
White comes to UPIKE after being part of four national championships in four years at Lindsey Wilson. Prior to his time with the Blue Raiders, White spent a year with the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I., and the previous three years as a student assistant in the University of Louisville Sports Information Office.
“Dan has an excellent pedigree in in the sports information field,” Overton said. “He is young and energetic yet experienced and seasoned. We look forward to his transition from Blue Raider to Bear.”
With the BIG EAST, White was the primary contact for numerous Olympic sports, as well as a tertiary contact for men’s basketball, assisting with the league’s basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.
“Dan will be an outstanding addition to our school,” Bentley said. “He will quickly surpass what we’ve done here and make this one of the elite offices in the nation at any level. I’m very excited to follow Dan’s work here in the sports information office.”
At Louisville, White wrote for UofLSports.com and travelled to select championships, including a postseason run with men’s soccer to Storrs, Conn., and Columbus, Ohio.