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Morris Sipes, Kelby Chambers and Matthew Lofton join the UALR Department of Athletics in 2012-13.
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UALR Announces Additions to Athletics Staff
UALR Sports Information
Release: 08/14/2012

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 Assistant.

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.

Chambers is 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.

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