John Lock
    John Lock

    Hometown:
    Avon, Ill.

    Position:
    Associate Sports Information Director


    John Lock joined the Southern Illinois media services department as an Associate Sports Information Director in January 2014 after five years in athletic public relations. At SIU, Lock serves as the primary media contact for the football and softball programs. He previously served as a communications associate at the University of Illinois, where he worked as the primary media contact for the women's tennis, men's gymnastics, and swimming and diving programs.

    Lock served two years as a graduate assistant with Saluki media services, where he served as the primary media contact for the men's golf, women's golf, men's swimming and diving, and women's swimming and diving programs. He also served as the secondary contact for the football, men's basketball and baseball programs; and he produced all game notes for and traveled with the football team for both of his two years as a GA. In addition, Lock served as the primary media contact for four conference championship events and two high school super-sectional games.

    As an undergraduate, Lock worked as a student assistant in the University of Illinois Athletic Communications office. He assisted directly with the volleyball, men's tennis and women's tennis programs, in addition to game day assistance with the football and men's basketball programs. He earned Student of the Semester honors for the fall 2010 semester. Lock also briefly worked for the Daily Illini as a beat writer for the men's tennis program in the spring of 2009.

    Lock graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in News-Editorial Journalism in May 2011. At Illinois, he earned a third-place finish in the prestigious Marion and Barney Brody Creative Feature Writing contest in 2009, the premiere writing contest at Illinois. He also earned the Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies award for Best Profile story for the 2010-11 school year. Lock earned his M.S. of Ed. in Sport Studies from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in May 2013.