Linda Poncin Sprouse is in her seventh year as an assistant sports information director at Colorado after joining the department in September 2005. She handles the sports information director duties for volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country and track & field.
Sprouse served as the media coordinator for the 2008 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships when CU hosted the meet for the first time in league history and also volunteered at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in College Station, Texas. She has also been active in the volleyball community as she worked the 2007, '08 and '09 AVP Crocs Tour with statistics and results.
Sprouse, 32, came to CU from the American Volleyball Coaches Association where she worked for two years as the media relations coordinator. She was responsible for the promotion of NCAA Division II and III women’s volleyball and Division III men’s. Sprouse produced Facts On File, a weekly electronic publication for those divisions, as well as weekly results and coaches polls and was a member of the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week selection committee.
She served as a liaison for the AVCA to the Division III Head Coaches Committee and the NAIA Committee. Sprouse created a survey for the NAIA committee to help increase membership at the AVCA. During the annual conventions, she helped oversee the Hall of Fame inductions, Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year and Victory Club and AVCA All-America and Player of the Year banquets.
Sprouse has volunteered at the 2003 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four and 2005 and '08 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four as well as the 2003, '04, '07 and '08 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey West Regionals. Poncin worked the WCHA Final Five conference tournament from 2003-05 in St. Paul, Minn. She also assisted at hockey games at Colorado College and the Air Force Academy while she lived in Colorado Springs.
She graduated from Minnesota State University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication where she did an internship in the athletic communications office. Sprouse continued her education at MSU and pursued a master’s degree in sport administration while working as a graduate assistant in the athletic communications office from 2001-03. She worked with soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball and ice hockey and men’s and women’s golf and tennis and coordinated the 2003 Maverick Achievement Awards Dinner. Sprouse finished her master’s degree in 2007.
Born April 25, 1979 in New Ulm, Minn., Sprouse graduated from New Ulm High School where she lettered in tennis. She sings the national anthem for CU athletic events as well as other events along the Front Range. Sprouse enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys watching hockey and football. The former Linda Poncin is married to Nick Sprouse. The couple resides in Thornton.