Hello all, my name is Ally Keirn and I am another new addition to the Army Athletic Communications staff. I came on board at Army after spending the past two years as the graduate assistant in the Sports Information Department at Bloomsburg University.
While I was a part of the Huskies, I worked closely with the 20 Division II varsity sports as well as Division I wrestling. I played an integral role in the social media efforts for the athletic department and was involved with the day-to-day operations while doing a majority of the graphic work for athletic publications, all while obtaining a Master’s of Business Administration.
It was during my undergrad years that I discovered there was a profession involving intercollegiate athletics filled with great individuals that I wanted to be a part of. I was a four-year starter of the nationally ranked women’s lacrosse team at Mercyhurst University and was fully unaware of the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into not just my sport, but all collegiate athletics. It wasn’t until I declared Sports Business Management as my major and volunteered for the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in Erie that I got my first taste of athletic communications, and this is what ignited my passion for the unique profession. Since then I have become fully educated in what truly goes into college athletics.
Here at Army I am the primary contact for the golf team as well as for men’s and women’s swimming and diving in the traditional sense, but I also have a unique role as the Army-Navy social media coordinator. I am excited for the seasons to start and to see the cadet-athletes in action. The golf team’s only home event this fall is Sept. 27-28 when they host Navy so I will be able to fully cover the deep-rooted rivalry as the cadets and midshipmen tee-off against each other at the West Point Golf Course. The swim and dive teams have two intrasquad scrimmages before diving into a dual-meet at UMASS. This will give me the chance to see the teams in action and get to know the athletes a little before the season truly starts.
With the Army-Navy social media position I am hoping to use my mix of perspectives as a former student-athlete, a sports fan and my time in athletic communications to bring the fans of the two great military academies exactly what they want to see. It is a tough feat, but I am up for the challenge.
So far I have been in awe with what goes on here at West Point. The standards which the cadets and employees are held to help push us all to perform at our best every day because we represent so much more than other colleges. I am really looking forward to my first football game day experience when the Black Knights host Buffalo on Sept. 6. I can’t wait for the cannons go off, the parachuters to soar down onto the field and the glee club to start singing the national anthem. It is such a surreal feeling to be a part of something that has so much history and boasts many traditions. I am eager to share the experiences this season with all the fans through social media.
We officially kicked-off the fall season last Friday when the women’s soccer team hosted Fairfield. The following few weeks will be filled with much anticipated out-of-the-office games and events, which we are all looking forward to.
Hoping to see you at games and on social media,