A friend of a friend-Colin Bonnicksen-Jenna Davisson-July 8

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for July 8, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

I have said it before being on a university campus will keep you young because you are always around energetic and passionate people. That is especially true when you talk about college athletics. At UNC Pembroke there is a great mixture of older coaches/staff and a large group still in their twenties. One of those twenty something leaders is UNC Pembroke’s Director of Athletic Communications and Senior Women’s Administrator Jenna Davisson.

Jenna got her start in media relations at her alma mater, Texas Lutheran University, as a student assistant – a position that she served in for three years under TLU Director of Sports Information/Sports Marketing Tim Clark. At TLU Jenna did a lot including broadcasting, announcing and the authoring of press releases. She was also charged with the organization of pep rallies, as well as announcing intramural championships.

Jenna is also a person that does more than just her job description. This past week at Lumbee Homecoming in Pembroke, NC she was being praised by the 5K Race Director Mitch Lowry for doing a masterful job of organizing a lot of the logistics for the race. At TLU Jenna was involved with various summer camps and served for two-years as a videographer with the TLU football staff. She has also served as a lifeguard at both TLU and UNCP during the summers.

When you see her work you know she is smart and intelligent. She received a pair of bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting from TLU in 2010. She graduated summa cum laude (4.0 GPA) with her master’s degree in physical education (sports administration) from UNCP in 2012. She currently resides in Pembroke with her dog, Sophie.

Jenna and Sophie

Jenna is also an on the air TV celebrity in the Florence/Myrtle Beach/Lumberton market. She is the host and an advisor for UNCP’s weekly coaches show – The Black & Gold Report – which airs Saturdays on WFXB-FOX TV in Myrtle Beach, S.C. WFXB is a Fox network channel. The show regularly attracts more than 7,000 viewers per week and is an important tool in the local recruiting effort of UNCP’s head coaches. For more than three years, she produced, edited and hosted the show.

For a glimpse of Jenna’s work as a TV Show host go to the link below:


Jenna is one of the people at our university that is always looking to help. She has volunteered to assist with commencement and most recently providing car service to a VIP guest for a university function. When she gets involved with something she is going to do it first class. She works alongside of Todd Anderson and she has learned a lot from him. Jenna is one of many young people who Todd has hired and mentored. One of those other leaders is a good friend of Jenna’s Colin Bonnicksen. Colin worked at UNC Pembroke from 2010 to 2011.


Jenna Davisson

The Friend of the Friend-COLIN BONNICKSEN


From Pembroke to Colorado to Montana

Colin Bonnicksen grew up in Ringsted, Iowa. After high school he went on to attend and graduate in 2008 from Minnesota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. After he finished at MSU he went on to graduate school and received his master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in Health, Physical Education and Coaching from Northern State in May 2010. Northern State is where a great friend of mine coached by the name of Don Meyer. I wrote about Don Meyer earlier this year on January 31 and that post is below:


When Colin came to UNCP he took the athletic department to some new places thanks to his enthusiasm and expertise. He was responsible for the audio/video streaming efforts of the athletic department and also produced and served as the occasional host of The Black and Gold Report – the highest rated TV show in its time slot in major markets located in both North Carolina and South Carolina. That is now a responsibility of Jenna Davisson’s. Colin also served as the play-by-play voice for UNCP’s online webcasting efforts for football and wrestling.

Photo below shows Colin giving Jenna Davisson the thumbs up.

Colin and Jenna

He left UNCP in December of 2011 and went to work at the Colorado School of the Mines. He was there for four years before he became the University of Montana’s director of football operations for coach Bob Stitt’s program.

Montana’s Football Coach Bob Stitt

Bob Stitt

Stitt was hired at Montana in December after he transformed Colorado School of Mines from being the most inept program in the near 100-year existence of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference into one of the most prolific attacks in all of football. Colin was there all three years promoting and profiling their success.

Coach Stitt mentor was Joe Glenn who was the coach at Northern Colorado when former UNCP Chancellor Kyle Carter was on the faculty there.

The veteran coach Joe Glenn hired Stitt on his staff at Northern Colorado way back in 1989 as a graduate assistant.

Stitt was in charge of the running backs at the Division-II school; he’d played the position just the year before at Doane (Nebraska) College near his hometown of Tecumseh. Doane College is where my good friend Jill McCartney serves as Athletic Director. I profiled Jill and her mentor Anson Dorrance on April 30th


I can only imagine what the connections will be for Jenna and Colin twenty years from now as leaders. I hope as they fast forward in their careers they get the privilege of meeting young leaders just like themselves.

I still say being around a college campus will keep you  young because of the energy that young leaders have, That is the case with me when I think about Jenna and Colin.


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