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Southern Miss Athletics Announces Promotion and Two Hirings

Aug. 2, 2010

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Director of Athletics Richard C. Giannini announced the promotion of one athletic department staff member and the hiring of two additional personnel Monday.

Giannini has promoted Kirstin Rayborn to Associate Director of Athletics for Communications, effective July 1, while also announcing the hiring of Raphael Henry as Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Video and Grady Brown as assistant football coach.

Rayborn will oversee marketing and promotions, media relations, social media and the department's agreements with Licensing Resource Group (LRG) for licensing and International Sports Properties (ISP) for broadcast, signage and advertising rights.

"Kirstin has done a wonderful job since she joined our staff in the spring of 2009," Giannini said. "She is a tremendous worker and has a great relationship with our entire staff and constituents. Kirstin is a highly skilled marketer, very creative and is up to date on the `new media' opportunities."

Rayborn previously worked as the Director of Marketing for the Mobile BayBears from 2001-04, While with the BayBears, she was named the Southern League "Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year."

She is a graduate of South Alabama and earned four letters as a member of the women's track and cross country teams.

Henry comes to Southern Miss after spending the last 10 years on the staff at Ole Miss, where he worked as a videographer, as well as a producer and director for Ole Miss Sports Productions. Prior to his stint with the Rebels, Henry worked as a sports photographer and editor at WTVA-TV in Tupelo. The Rust College graduate began his career as a sports photographer/editor as well as on-air personality for his alma mater.

"We are glad to have Raphael join our staff," Giannini added. "He comes to us highly recommended and look forward to have him run our entire video operation."

Brown comes to Southern Miss after working this last year in the strength and conditioning area at LSU, where he helped tutor third round draft pick Chad Jones and Tiger free agent signees Danny McCray and Chris Hawkins. Prior to his appointment at LSU, Brown worked for a season at Texas Southern as an assistant coach where he coached the safeties.

He went to TSU, after spending six seasons at Alabama State as the secondary coach, which ranked in the Top 10 nationally in five categories during his tenure there. One of his players, Antoine Hill, ranked No. 3 in the NCAA in interceptions. In addition, he had one player, Michael Coe, taken in the 2007 NFL Draft in the fifth round by the Indianapolis Colts.

During his time at Alabama State, he received NFL Minority Coaching Internships for both the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks and worked as a coach for the 2005 Magnolia All-Star Football Classic.

His first job came at his alma mater, Alabama A&M, where he served as a graduate assistant prior to being elevated to full-time assistant coach, overseeing the outside linebackers for a season.

Brown will oversee the cornerbacks for the Golden Eagles this season.

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