Gene McGivern starts his 26th season in 2019-20 directing St. Thomas’ athletics media relations.
This also begins his 32nd consecutive season working in that role in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, as he was Sports Information Director and Cross Country Coach at nearby Augsburg College from 1988-94. He's the first individual to serve for 30 years as a conference SID.
McGivern oversees Tommiesports.com and handles media relations for each of St. Thomas’ 22 varsity sports.
He received the Sid Hartman Award for media service in April 2016 by the Minnesota chapter of the National Football Foundation -- the lone SID honored in the eight-year history of the award.
His feature writing has been recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with four Best in the Nation awards and eight Best in District Awards in the annual Fred Stabley Jr., Writing Contest. He was one of seven 2013 overall national winners, cited for the Best Blog/Interview story with his blog titled "Division III is more about scholars than dollars." His 2002 profile of baseball coach Dennis Denning was named that year's overall national Story of the Year. For 2016, he won Best of the Nation awards for Season Preview/Recap with a story wrapping the NCAA champion men's basketball season and for Blog of the Year on a piece celebrating the colorful school names in Division III.
He also contributes feature stories for the St. Thomas Magazine. His “Gene’s Blog” series on Tommiesports.com, has produced nearly 450 column/blog stories since 2008 highlighting St. Thomas, MIAC and Division III athletics.
McGivern was a free-lance sportswriter in the Twin Cities for 20 years, covering professional and Division I sports for both United Press International and Associated Press. He authored two biographies of prominent coaches – “Here’s Johnny Orr,” on the former Michigan and Iowa State basketball coach; and “No Room For Crybabies,” an autobiography of then-Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green.
He previously worked as a daily newspaper sports editor in Ames, Iowa (1982-88) and Alliance, Neb., (1981-82).
A native of Davenport, Iowa, McGivern graduated from Iowa State University in 1981. He was a Cyclone captain of both the cross country and track and field teams, and lettered all four seasons in each sport. A six-time All-Big Eight distance runner, he broke one school record, competed in two NCAA Division I Championship meets, and as a senior in 1980 helped Iowa State place 10th at cross country nationals. He later was head men's and women's cross country coach and an assistant track and field coach during a six-year span at Augsburg.
He resides in Eagan, Minn., with his wife Barbara, a 1990 St. Thomas graduate. They have three children -- Bridget (24), George (21), and Peter (14). Bridget, now enrolled in graduate school in microbiology, was an All-MIAC and three-time All-Region honoree in cross country for UST; received CoSIDA Academic All-District honors; and competed in three NCAA CC meets. George was an MIAC placewinner and a three-time Academic All-MIAC honoree for Tommie track and field/CC.