KatieJo Kuhens is the new Wartburg College sports information director.

Kuhens, a 2007 Wartburg graduate, will handle media relations and promotion for Wartburg’s 19 NCAA Division III teams. She has been the SID at Maryville University, an NCAA Division II school in St. Louis, for the past three years.

“KatieJo is passionate and knowledgeable about sports information and all that it entails,” said Wartburg Director of Athletics Rick Willis. “She is highly committed to Wartburg College and will be an outstanding advocate for our student-athletes, coaches and the entire department.”

“I am very honored to return to Wartburg as sports information director,” said Kuhens, who will be the college’s first female SID when she starts later this month. She worked in the Wartburg sports information office as a student for three years.

“The Knights continue to be one of the powerhouses in Division III, and I’m excited to be a part of the athletics department,” she said. “I feel fortunate to give back to the institution that helped me discover my calling in the sports information industry. As a student, I had the opportunity to work national championships, Iowa Conference tournaments and regular season games that opened my eyes to this career field.”

Wartburg placed 15th in the 2010-11 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics’ rankings of 438 NCAA Division III overall sports programs, winning an eighth national wrestling title and finishing second in women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.

Kuhens served as assistant media coordinator at two Division III national championships hosted by Wartburg and at the 2008 Division I volleyball regionals hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked for a year after graduation.

She volunteered at the 2009 Division I women’s Final Four, the 2010 Division I men’s basketball regionals, the 2011 Division III volleyball national championship and the 2011 Division I men’s ice hockey regionals.

Kuhens’ story about the 2009 Maryville baseball team’s efforts to help a teammate who lost everything in a fire, “The True Meaning of Teamwork,” won first place in a College Sports Information Directors of America regional competition.

Kuhens succeeds Mark Adkins, who took a similar position at Norwich (Vt.) University.