Steve Kirkland
Steve  Kirkland

Director of Athletic Communications

Alma Mater:
Penn State, 2001

Steve Kirkland arrived at Wake Forest as Director of Athletic Communications in July of 2015. He is the primary media contact for the Demon Deacon men's basketball, men's golf and women's golf teams. He also serves as the editor of Kickoff, the official football gameday magazine, as well as the Demon Deacon men's basketball game program.

Kirkland came to Wake Forest after 13 years as an assistant director of media relations at the University of Virginia. During his tenure at Virginia, Kirkland worked with numerous programs, including the 2013 and 2015 NCAA Champion and 11-time ACC Champion men's tennis team, the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Women's College Cup participant women's soccer team and was the secondary media contact for the back-to-back ACC regular season champion men's basketball program, which won the 2014 ACC Tournament and reached the NCAA Sweet 16. He guided publicity for five national players of the year, including two who were named ACC Male or Female Athlete of the Year.

Kirkland came to Virginia after spending one year as an intern in the athletic communications department at Vanderbilt University, working with the Commodores' women's soccer, men's tennis and women's tennis teams.

A native of Shippensburg, Pa., Kirkland earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Penn State University in 2001. He worked as a student assistant in the Penn State Sports Information office all four years he was in school.

Kirkland resides in Walkertown, N.C.