LITTLE ROCK - The UALR Department of Athletics has
announced the addition of three members to its staff for the upcoming 2012-13
year. UALR welcomes Morris Sipes as
Assistant Director of the Jack Stephens Center, Kelby Chambers as Graduate Assistant for Athletic Training and Matthew Lofton as Sports Information
Sipes has worked
as an assistant at UALR athletic events since 2005, serving as the Kitchen
Manager during men's and women's basketball games at the Jack Stephens Center.
Additionally, he served as the meal coordinator for both UALR basketball teams
during the 2011-12 season. Sipes also works as the Kitchen Manager for Ump's
Bar and Grill at Dickey-Stephens Park, where he oversees the club's kitchen
staff and food preparation.
A native of
Little Rock, Ark., Sipes served as Clubhouse Manager for the Rancho Cucamonga
Quakes, Class A Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, during the 2008
and 2009 seasons. With the Quakes, Sipes was responsible for purchasing
supplies for the clubhouse, preparing pre- and post-game meals and overseeing
the clubhouse budget.
Chambers joins UALR
after graduating from UCA in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in athletic
training. The Paris, Ark.-native helped with day-to-day medical coverage for a multitude
of UCA sports, including football, basketball, baseball, track and field and
cross country. Chambers performed clinical rotations at various medical sites
while obtaining his bachelor's degree, including stints at Conway Regional
Medical Center and Metropolitan Emergency Services.
certified in CPR/AED Professional Rescue and Emergency Oxygen Administration,
and is a member of both the Arkansas and National Trainers Associations. His
duties at UALR will include overseeing medical coverage for the women's soccer
and men's and women's track and field teams.
Lofton joins the
Trojans' sports information staff after spending the 2010-11 year as Assistant
Sports Information Director at Tiffin University, where he served as the
primary contact for the Dragon baseball, men's basketball, volleyball and track
and field teams. Prior to his time at Tiffin, Lofton worked as a graduate
assistant and intern on the athletic communications staff at Kent State from
2007-10 while obtaining his master's degree in Sports and Recreation Management.
Lofton worked with a multitude of sports in his time with the Flashes,
including the nationally successful wrestling and baseball teams in 2008-09.
Prior to Kent
State, Lofton worked as a student assistant in the sports information office at
Heidelberg University while obtaining a double-major in Sports Management and
Communications. With the Trojans, he will serve as the primary contact for the
volleyball, swimming and diving and tennis teams, as well as the secondary
contact for the baseball team.