July 3, 2008
The Baylor Athletics Media Relations office received six citations for publications excellence during the 2007-08 academic year from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The awards were presented during the organization's 51st annual convention, which concluded July 2 in Tampa, Fla.
"Our media relations staff takes tremendous pride in promoting Baylor Athletics and these awards are a testament to their dedication behind the scenes in support of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and university," said Nick Joos, Baylor's associate athletic director for external affairs who was also elected CoSIDA's President at the same meeting. "They produce quality work and I'm pleased that they received this recognition for their outstanding efforts."
Baylor's six national publication awards tied for fifth among Big 12 institutions with Kansas State and Missouri. Oklahoma (14), Texas A&M (11), Nebraska (eight) and Texas (eight) finished ahead of Baylor in the Big 12. Over the last four years, the Baylor staff has earned 30 CoSIDA citations for publications excellence, and its 2007-08 total was one more than it won the previous year.
The Baylor baseball poster, designed by associate media relations director/publications coordinator Larry Little, was voted Best in the Nation in the spring sport posters category.
Baylor's women's tennis guide, written and edited by former assistant media relations director Justin Stottlemyre, finished fourth in the nation and was recognized for having the nation's best cover.
The Lady Bears' basketball guide, written and edited by associate media relations director Julie Bennett, placed fifth nationally and second in the district.
The Baylor women's volleyball guide, written and edited by assistant media relations director Jon Brown, placed second in the district.
Members of Baylor's award-winning athletic media relations staff include Little, Bennett, Brown, Joos, Assistant Athletic Director/Media Relations Heath Nielsen, assistants Kyle Cornish, Chris Yandle and Brad Sheffield and administrative assistant Donna Perry.
In addition to the publication awards, which were selected by a special panel of media representatives, Joos was elected as the 2,300-member organization'president. Entering his 17th year in media relations and his 22nd in intercollegiate athletics administration, Joos will serve as CoSIDA's president during the 2008-09 academic year when the group's annual convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas.
Joos is the second individual from Baylor to serve as CoSIDA's President, following Maxey Parrish, who led the organization during the 1998-99 academic year.
Here is a complete list of CoSIDA publication awards won by the Baylor Athletic Media Relations staff in 2007-08:
National Awards (Four):
Best in Nation - Baseball Poster, Women's Tennis Media Guide Cover
Fourth in Nation - Women's Tennis Media Guide
Fifth in Nation - Women's Basketball Media Guide
District Awards (Two):
Second in District - Women's Basketball Media Guide, Women's Volleyball Media Guide