PRINCETON, N.J. – Commissioner Brian McKenna announced on Monday that Jack Carnefix has been promoted to Vice President of Communications for the ECHL. Carnefix has been with the ECHL since November 2000 as Director of Communications and also serves as the elected Secretary for the ECHL Board of Governors.
“Jack is an invaluable asset to the league office and an important resource to our member teams,” said McKenna. “He is well deserving of this promotion.”
Carnefix is responsible for the league’s communications department, including all media relations while also overseeing the content and production of all ECHL publications as well as assisting the media relations contacts for each of the 26 member teams. He is responsible for the creation and implementation of content on the official league web site ECHL.com, which has seen its traffic grow more than 80 percent in each of the last two years, as well as the creation and maintenance of the ECHL.com Network. Carnefix works in conjunction with the host team on press releases, press conferences and other avenues to increase media and public awareness for the annual ECHL All-Star Game while also coordinating the online audio and video productions.
Carnefix came to the ECHL after six years as the director of communications for Diamond Sports & Entertainment in Boise, Idaho. Diamond Sports entities included the Idaho Steelheads hockey team, the Boise Hawks baseball team, the Idaho Sneakers World TeamTennis franchise, professional boxing events, and the Bank of America Centre, a 5,000-seat multipurpose facility in downtown Boise. He received the inaugural West Coast Hockey League Public Relations Director of the Year award in 1999 and won the award again the following season. Carnefix spent seven years as director of operations for the Oklahoma State University baseball team and three years as the assistant sports information director at Oklahoma State.
Born in Kingsville, Texas, Carnefix received his bachelor’s degree in journalism – news editorial from Oklahoma State University. He and his wife, Rashel, who is an Assistant Director for Campus Information Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, reside in North Brunswick, New Jersey.