Kirk Hardcastle has served as NIACC's sports information director since October of 2012.
Hardcastle worked as a sportswriter at the Globe Gazette in Mason City for 17 years (1995 to 2012). He also worked as a sportswriter at The Messenger in Fort Dodge from 1993-1995 and worked as a sportswriter at The Daily Tribune in Ames from 1992-1993.
Hardcastle received the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association Sports Media Award in 2012 and received the 2014 News Media Award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
Hardcastle graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in 1992. Hardcastle graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1987.
As NIACC's sports information director, Hardcastle covered the 2013, 2015 and 2016 NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla. He's also covered the 2014 and the 2016 NJCAA Division II women's basketball national tournament in Overland Park, Kan.
Hardcastle has also covered the 2013 and 2015 NJCAA national wrestling tournaments in Des Moines, the 2014 NWCA multi-divisional national wrestling duals in Des Moines, the 201 and 2017 NJCAA national wrestling tournament in Council Bluffs and the 2013 and 2015 NJCAA national cross country championships in Fort Dodge.
Hardcastle was a primary announcer at the 2016 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star series held in Mason City in August of 2016. Hardcastle is also the public address announcer for the NIACC baseball team.
Hardcastle, who is a member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association), attended the 2013 CoSIDA national convention in Orlando, Fla.
Hardcastle also works occasionally as a sports correspondent for the Globe Gazette.
Hardcastle resides in Mason City with his son Aaron, who is a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, and daughter Emily, who is a junior at Mason City High School.