Sports Information Director
In his 26th year at JCCC, 25th as sports information director, Tyler Cundith coordinates all media relations for the athletic department’s 15 sports. He is the first full-time sports information director in the history of the college.
On Feb. 16, 2008, Cundith was inducted to the JCCC Athletics Hall of Fame. Last April, Cundith was honored with a service award by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The NJCAA Service Award is the most tenured honor handed out by the Association. It is given to those - most often not an athlete - who have made significant contributions to two-year college athletics on a national level for an extended period of time.
During his tenure, Cundith has provided the publicity for 11 national championship teams, 75 teams with a top-five finish at nationals, 97 Region/District championship teams, 128 conference championship teams and over 1,000 individual All-Americans.
Cundith has served 15 years on the College Sports Information of America (CoSIDA) Publications Committee. He served as a Vice Chair from 2009-12, and in the fall 2012 was promoted to Chair. At the 2015 CoSIDA Convention, Cundith was elected to a prestigious three-year term on the CoSIDA Board of Directors. He is the first two-year representative to serve on the CoSIDA Board. Cundith was also part of group of community college sports information directors that founded 2YSIDA, an affiliate organization of CoSIDA for two-year sports information professionals.
Cundith has won 232 national awards for publications and writing, including 216 by CoSIDA. He has had 106 publications judged best in the nation, 101 by CoSIDA, four by the NJCAA and one by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. He has also had 26 covers picked best in the nation by CoSIDA. Cundith has finished among the top five in the country for total awards won 13 times in his career, and led the country four times. In 2002-03, Cundith led the country with 17 awards, ahead of Texas and Nebraska (15), Maryland (14) and Notre Dame and Texas A&M (13). He again led the nation in 2010-11 with 11 publication honors, three more than Oklahoma and LSU. He made it two straight years in 2011-12, leading the country with eight national awards, and in 2012-13 he tied for the nation’s lead with LSU and Washburn with nine total awards. In 2003-04, he was awarded a career-best 19 awards, including 10 “Best in the Nation” honors, second nationally to Nebraska.
In addition to his duties at JCCC, Cundith is chairman of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and has served as media coordinator for four NJCAA National Championship events and numerous NJCAA regional events.
Cundith also taught golf and coordinated JCCC’s summer youth golf camps from 1991 thru 2014. In the summer of 1999, Cundith set a United States record by holing out the 488-yard par 5 sixth hole at Oak Country Golf Club in DeSoto. His ace was just eight yards shy of the world record. It was also named “The Ace of the Year” by Golf Magazine and he appeared in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” in September 1999 issue.
Cundith’s experience also includes stints with the Kansas City Attack Professional Indoor Soccer team as public relations director, the Kansas City Brass of the Premier Development Soccer League as media relations director and the Kansas City Chiefs in ticket operations. In 1995, Cundith worked for ESPN as a researcher and spotter during the NPSL All-Star Game in Buffalo. He also served on the media relations staff at the first and second rounds of the 1997 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Cundith’s extensive writing background also includes coverage for Sun Publications, Major Indoor Lacrosse League, Kansas City Golf and Travel Magazine and the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
Cundith graduated from the University of Kansas in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. In 1990, he earned his master’s degree in education/sports administration from Wichita State University.
Cundith and his wife, Annette, have a son, Brandon, 23; and daughter, Kelsey, 21.