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John Twork
John Twork

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (MBB)

John Twork serves as an assistant director for athletics communications at Illinois State University. Twork is the primary contact for the Redbird men's basketball team, and he supervises the student assistants working with both the ISU men's and women's tennis teams.

Before being named an assistant director, Twork was an ISU Athletics Communications graduate assistant. Twork was the primary media contact for ISU baseball, and he served as the play-by-play voice of Redbird baseball on the WJBC Country Financial Illinois State Radio Network. During his second year as a graduate assistant, he was also the secondary media contact for the Redbird football team, assisting in the day-to-day duties, and he filled in as a sideline reporter on several game days.

A Bloomington, Ill., native, Twork graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 2010. As an Eastern Illinois student, Twork worked for four years as a sports broadcaster at WEIU 88.9-FM, and spent three of those years as the station's sports director. Twork served as the play-by-play voice of EIU women's basketball and baseball and worked as the EIU football sideline reporter. He has also interned at WJBC 1230-AM/93.7-FM in Bloomington.

In 2010, Twork was recognized as the winner of the prestigious Jim Nantz Award, presented by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America to the top collegiate sports broadcaster in the United States. He has also won numerous statewide broadcasting awards. Twork, along with ISU Strategic Communications Coordinator Megan Thompson, collaborated on the 2010-11 men's basketball game-day program, which was voted the best in the nation in the annual publications contest conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He was also a member of the 2011-12 Missouri Valley Conference Sports Information Staff of the Year.

Twork graduated from Illinois State in May 2012 with a master's degree in communication. He is a member of CoSIDA and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Twork is married to the former Kayleigh McGann, a 2011 Illinois State graduate.