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Dan BecklerConsultant

Dan Beckler consultant College Sports Solutions
areas of expertise
  • Strategic Planning
  • Communications
  • Executive Search
education
  • Master of Education- Sports Management, Wichita State University
  • BA, Sports Administration, Wichita State University

Dan Beckler is an accomplished professional in the field of Public Relations and Communications with a distinguished career spanning various sectors. Currently, he is the Founder and Principal Consultant at BKLR Consulting, a renowned firm specializing in Public Relations and Communications consultation services. BKLR Consulting is recognized for its innovative strategies, adept at managing brands through the highs and lows, and guiding them every step of the way.

 

Prior to founding BKLR Consulting, Beckler served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications & External Initiatives at the University of Kansas Athletics, beginning his tenure in 2019. Within this role, he played a pivotal part as the spokesperson for KU and its 18 sports, overseeing multiple departments in external operations including content creation, creative and brand, social media, graphic design, Rock Chalk Video, as well as KUAthletics.com, the Kansas Jayhawks app and the communications department. The results spoke for themselves: revenue growth, heightened fan engagement, and brand advancement. Beckler’s skillful approach involved not just sharing stories but also strategically placing them on KU-centric platforms and pitching unique ideas to local and national media outlets.

 

In addition to his external oversight, Beckler also managed the Booth Family Hall of Athletics and served as the Sport Administrator for the Kansas Men’s Golf program. In the spring of 2022, in partnership with KU’s multimedia rights holder LEARFIELD, he led the creation and launch of THE BLUEPRINT, an original, four-part content series that provided fans with an authentic, all-access look inside the 2022 Jayhawk football program under the direction of Head Coach Lance Leipold.

 

Beyond his professional accomplishments, in 2020, Beckler was appointed by KU Chancellor Dr. Douglas Girod to serve on the KU Task Force on Community-Responsive Public Safety, where he played a crucial role in recommending reformed public safety policies related to campus policing and interaction. He is also an active member of the Kansas Athletics Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) and serves as a subcommittee member of the DLC/DEI Kansas Athletics Staff Initiatives.

 

Before his tenure at Kansas Athletics, Beckler spent over a decade in the National Football League, including nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. As the Director of Football Communications, he was responsible for developing public relations plans, strategies, and campaigns to enhance the brand of the 49ers organization, Levi’s Stadium, players, coaches, and team employees. His exceptional work led to two finalist nominations for the Pete Rozelle Award, which is presented annually to the NFL public relations staff that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media.

 

During his time in the NFL, Beckler had the privilege of working on three NFC Championship Games, two Super Bowls, and one Pro Bowl. In 2016, he played a significant role in successfully promoting former NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, honoring his excellence on and off the field.

Beckler’s career also includes notable stints with the Tennessee Titans and ESPN Wide World of Sports, where he managed the publicity efforts of various events, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, ESPN College Football Awards Show, and the Old Spice Classic college basketball tournament. His journey began with internships at the Orlando Magic and the Wichita Wranglers, the former double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

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