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Many people work behind the scenes for UND athletics and the Fighting Hawks are losing one of their S.I.D.'s to The Summit League.

Ryan Powell, whose main duties were football, golf and men's basketball, accepted a job as the Assistant Commissioner For Communications for UND's new conference.

Powell went by the nickname RP and worked almost 10 years with the University of North Dakota.

He will lead, manage and oversee the athletic communications, media and broadcasting endeavors at The Summit League.

RP will start on August 1st in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and appreciates everything that UND did to make him feel at home.

Mark Pearson

Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses. 

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