Brent Beerends joined the Kansas Athletics Communications office in October of 2018, serving as the primary contact for volleyball and softball. Beerends now oversees all communications efforts for Kansas baseball and volleyball, while serving as the secondary communications contact for men’s basketball. He also assists in the recordings of the Jayhawker Podcast and studio photography.
During his time at Kansas, Beerends has helped out with multiple programs, and assisted in the communications efforts for Kansas football, women’s basketball, rowing and tennis. During the 2019 academic year, he assisted in the creation of the new Kansas brand guidelines, while helping with graphic design efforts.
Prior to Kansas, he spent over five years at Middle Tennessee State University helping guide the Blue Raiders’ social media, photography, communications and creative content. After serving one-year as an athletic communications assistant, he was elevated to Social Media Coordinator providing department wide social media planning. In addition to his responsibilities with social media, Beerends was the primary photographer for all MTSU athletic events and the lone graphic designer. Prior to the 2014 season, he helped in the transition of Middle Tennessee’s in-house website to Sidearm and was the point of contact on the second redesign.
As a MTSU communication assistant, Beerends served as the tertiary football, second men’s basketball, softball and track & field contact. Through his communications efforts, Middle Tennessee received a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree, while the football communications staff earned the Football Writers Association of America’s (FWAA) Super 11 award.
While working for the Blue Raiders, Beerends was a part of the creative and communications team that experienced two NCAA Tournament upsets, including then-No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee toping No. 2 Michigan State. He was able to assist and cover four FBS bowl games, which included the Blue Raider’s victory over Arkansas State in the 2017 Camellia Bowl. In his time as the track & field communications director, he covered five All-Americans.
Before his time at Middle Tennessee, Beerends was second in command for the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees. He assisted in stat crews for all sports, while serving as the primary contact for women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer. St. Ambrose hosted the NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Championships and a first round NAIA Football Championship game. Beerends earned his master’s degree in business administration and marketing from SAU in 2013 and received his bachelor’s degree in sports administration in 2011 from William Penn University.
Beerends and his wife Chelsea, have two daughters.