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CoSIDA Hall of Fame Salute: Nick Joos

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April 24, 2014


CoSIDA Release

Nick Joos, who has served at Nebraska, UMass, Minnesota and now Baylor University, will be inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in June. He currently oversees Baylor's award-winning external relations and communications program. Joos served as CoSIDA's president during the 2008-09 academic year and led the organization into negotiations with NACDA to form a partnership between CoSIDA and the athletic administration management association.

By Charles Bloom
University of South Carolina Senior Associate Athletics Director - External Affairs

Nick Joos was the perfect person to be the President of the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2008-09.

In a time when our organization was undergoing a drastic change, choosing to affiliate itself with NACDA, it was the Baylor Executive Associate Athletics Director's ability to bring people together and CoSIDA immediately became a stronger organization.

While Nick's contributions to CoSIDA are a large part of the reason he joins four others to be inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame at the 2014 CoSIDA Convention in Orlando on June 9, it isn't the only reason.

Nick Joos is an outstanding professional in every sense of the word.

A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Nick set out on his outstanding career after graduating from Iowa State University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications.

From Iowa State, he went on to become an intern in the SID office at Nebraska and then was promoted to an assistant (1988-94) and an associate SID (1994-95) for the Cornhuskers where he worked with the Huskers' highly successful football, men's basketball and track & field teams.

He left the media relations profession for a five-year stint (1995-2000) as the director of basketball operations for the Nebraska men's basketball program under head coach Danny Nee.

During this time, Joos directed a 40-school community outreach program, "Read to Win," managed the program's budget, coordinated team travel, scheduling and community relations.

He also served as the executive producer of Nee's weekly TV show for 11 years and handled color commentary on Husker men's basketball radio broadcasts for seven seasons.

By getting back into the media relations field, he was getting back to his winning ways.

Nick got back into the field in 2000 at UMass, first as an assistant athletics director and then associate athletics director for media relations. Working for the Minutemen, he worked under athletics director Ian McCaw.

McCaw must have a keen eye for talent, because some three years later, he got Nick to Baylor where the duo works together in leading the Bears athletic staff.

Between UMass and Baylor, Nick spent six weeks at Minnesota serving as the Golden Gophers' Director of Media Relations.

Nick oversees Baylor's athletic communications, marketing and ticket offices, as well as BaylorBears.com, licensing and broadcast operations for the school's 19-sport program. He also serves as the sport administrator for the Bears' men's basketball, men's tennis and women's tennis programs, and is the administrative liaison to the department's multi-media partner, IMG.

v "Nick is the quintessential hard-working servant-leader who has dedicated his professional career to the betterment of the athletic departments that have employed him," said Heath Nielsen, Associate Athletics Director for Communication at Baylor. "He truly cares about those he works with, he has no ego and he isn't above any type of work. His willingness to roll up his sleeves and put in long hours is exemplary not only to the hundreds of SIDs, but to all members of the athletic department staffs and media professionals he has rubbed elbows with over the course of his PR career."

In addition to his institutional athletic background, he has also served as a press officer for the Pan American Games, U.S. Olympic Festivals and NCAA Championships.

While not in the day-to-day media relations grind any more, Nick has continued to advocate for the profession through his involvement in CoSIDA, and the organization is the better for it.

Nick and his wife, Jill, are the parents of two children, Christopher and Jenna.