Christian Payne returned to Dickinson in the fall of 2017 as the new assistant athletic director for athletic media and administration. Payne previously spent two years at the college in the role of coordinator of athletic multimedia and marketing from 2013 to 2015. He has spent the past two years earning an M.S. in sports administration from the University of Louisville while working in a number of areas within the Cardinals' athletic department.
"My wife, Grace, and I are thrilled to return to Carlisle," says Payne. "And I would like to thank Director of Athletics Joe Giunta and the search committee for this remarkable opportunity."
Payne has an extensive professional background in athletic multimedia, broadcasting and marketing. While at Louisville, he produced more than 100 marketing videos and broadcast 40 live events on the ESPN/ACC Network. In addition, he assisted in major fundraising efforts, working with the Cardinal Athletic Fund.
In 2012, Payne graduated from Denison University cum laude with a communication major and a minor in Spanish. Payne was a lead student broadcaster, covering nine Big Red varsity programs. In addition, he served as the editor-in-chief of The Denisonian and was an intern for WBNS-10TV Sports (CBS affiliate) in Columbus, Ohio.
In summer 2013, Payne worked in digital media/video production for the Aberdeen Iron Birds (Ripken Baseball), the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. He went on to serve as a multimedia journalist for SFMSports.net and was the play-by-play voice of the Salisbury University men's lacrosse program. He performed play-by-play and color commentary for Kudda.com coverage of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) high school lacrosse and produced live news/sports television as a photographer/editor at WBOC TV-16 (CBS affiliate) in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland.
"I am honored to once again serve the Dickinson community—the Red Devil experience is dynamic, and there is tremendous momentum on campus," Payne says. "I look forward to helping create valuable experiences for student-athletes, coaches, parents, alumni and all those who support Dickinson athletics. Dickinson's history is motivating, and the future for Red Devil nation is strong."
While at Dickinson previously, Payne played an instrumental role in the creation of the Red Devil Sports Network (RDSN) and the development of many of Dickinson's athletic social media platforms. He was directly involved with the launch of live video broadcasts of athletic events and produced feature content to promote teams, student-athletes and the entire athletic program at Dickinson.
"Christian left an indelible mark on Dickinson and the athletic department during his time here, and we are ecstatic to welcome him and Grace back into the community," says Giunta. "Some of the work he did with the RDSN, highlight and special-interest videos, live-streaming, marketing and his interaction with our students was exceptional, and there has been a void since his departure."
Giunta went on to say, "Christian brings a level of knowledge, passion and energy for his profession, Red Devil Athletics and Dickinson College for which we all should aspire to emulate."
In his new position, Payne will have many similar duties within his athletic media responsibilities while also taking on additional administrative roles within the athletic department, such as sport oversight, involvement in personnel decisions, conference administration and the formulation and implementation of department goals, policy and procedure.
Christian and Grace, who he met during his previous time in Carlisle, were just married in July 2017.