Big Ten Announces Six Staff Additions and One Promotion

Aug. 12, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced the hiring of staff members Kimberly Smith, Brandon Winbush, Tony Buyniski, Brian Keidel, Adam Augustine and Brett McWethy, and a promotion for Brenda Hilton. Smith was hired as the Director of Human Resources; Winbush will serve as the conference's Director of Information Technology; Buyniski and Keidel each joined the Big Ten's Video Services division, and Augustine and McWethy will both serve as Associate Directors of Communications. Hilton was promoted to Director of Building Services.

Hilton received her promotion on July 1 after serving as the Big Ten Men's Basketball Consortium Assistant since 2011. In her new role, Hilton has taken on the additional responsibility of serving as the liaison to the conference's property management firm for the new Big Ten headquarters and meeting center in Rosemont, Ill. From 2000-11, she was the office manager at the Mid-Continent Conference/Summit League, where she assisted with human resources and prepared annual reports for the Directors of Athletics and President's Council. Hilton is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in management.

Smith has served as the Big Ten's Director of Human Resources since April 29. Most recently, she was a Human Resources Consultant at HuResource Human Capital Consulting in Chicago since July 2010. The Chicago native has also served professional human resource stints at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group (2007-10), Best Buy (2005-07) and GuardsMarkLLC (2000-02). Smith graduated with her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998, and is working toward her master's at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Winbush was hired as the Director of Information Technology on July 15. Before joining the Big Ten, he served as a Systems Engineer/Administrator of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern since 2001. From 1999-2001, Winbush served as a Network Analyst for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation in Champaign, and was a PC Lab Supervisor at Illinois State from 1991-99. He graduated with his bachelor's degree from Illinois State in 1997.

Buyniski was hired as the Big Ten's Director of Video Services after serving as a Video Assistant with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals during the 2012 season. Buyniski was also the Head Video Coordinator for the University of Illinois football team from 2011-12 and spent a total of five years assisting the Fighting Illini video staff. The native of Cincinnati graduated with his bachelor's degree from Carthage College in 2004, and also completed his master's from Carthage in 2006. He began his duties at the Big Ten on June 20.

Keidel joined the Big Ten as Assistant Director of Video Services on July 15 after a three-year tenure as the Director of Player Personnel and Video Coordinator for the Youngstown State football program. Prior to joining the Penguins staff in 2010, Keidel spent nearly three years in the Kansas Athletic Department and with the Minnesota Vikings. Keidel graduated with his bachelor's degree from Kansas in 2005, completed his master's at Kansas in 2010 and recently wrapped up his MBA at Youngstown State.

Augustine will be the primary media contact for Big Ten men's ice hockey after spending the past three years as the Communications and Marketing Manager at US Club Soccer. Augustine, a native of Madison, Wis., also served as Wisconsin's women's ice hockey contact from 2006-08. He graduated with his bachelor's degree from Wisconsin in 2006. Augustine, who will also serve as the conference's communications contact for tennis, began his duties with the Big Ten on Aug. 12.

McWethy, who began his tenure at the Big Ten on Aug. 5, comes to the conference after a three-year tenure as the Director of Athletic Communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The native of Kalamazoo, Mich., began his career in athletic communications at the Mid-American Conference in 2005. McWethy, who will serve as the Big Ten's media contact for men's basketball and softball, has also been a men's basketball contact at three Division I schools in the state of Illinois since 2006. McWethy graduated with his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan in 2003, and completed his master's degree from Eastern Michigan in 2006.