July 6, 2006
The Baylor Athletics Media Relations Office received a school-record 14 citations for publications excellence from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) during the 2005-06 academic year. Among the office's 14 awards were three Best in the Nation certificates and four Best in the District citations.
Baylor's 14 national publication awards ranked as the nation's fifth-highest total in CoSIDA's 2005-06 publication contests behind the media relations offices at Notre Dame (21), Nebraska (18), Kentucky (17) and Louisiana State (17). The University of Florida ranked sixth nationally with 12 awards and was followed by Ohio State (11), Kansas State (10), the Tennessee women's media relations office (10), Maryland (nine) and Oklahoma (nine).
"I'm extremely proud of our media relations staff," said Nick Joos, Baylor's associate athletic director for communications. "It takes a talented staff to produce outstanding publications, and these honors are a testament to the great work they provide behind the scenes in support of our student-athletes, coaches and university."
The Baylor women's basketball media guide, written by associate media relations director Julie Bennett and designed by associate media relations director/publications coordinator Larry Little, received Best in the Nation honors among 70 entries submitted. The men's and women's cross country media guide, written and designed by assistant media relations director Michael Collins, received Best in the Nation honors for its cover among 28 entries, as did Little's baseball cover in the single-sport game programs contest.
Baylor's men's golf guide, designed and written by assistant media relations director Russ Reneau and media relations director Heath Nielsen, placed second nationally among 50 entries, while its women's golf guide, also designed and written by Reneau and Nielsen, placed fourth nationally in the same contest. The Baylor baseball media guide, designed and written by Little, placed third nationally among 64 entries. The Lady Bear softball media guide, written and designed by Collins, placed fourth out of 52 entries.
The school's women's basketball, baseball, men's golf and softball media guides all placed first in District VI. Baylor's 14 2005-06 CoSIDA publications contest award-winners were:
National Awards (Seven):
Best in the Nation - Women's Basketball Media Guide; Men's & Women's Cross Country Media Guide Cover; Baylor Baseball Game Program Cover
Second in the Nation - Men's Golf Media Guide
Third in the Nation - Baseball Media Guide
Fourth in the Nation - Softball Media Guide; Women's Golf Media Guide
District Awards (Seven):
Best in the District - Women's Basketball Media Guide; Baseball Media Guide; Men's Golf Media Guide; Softball Media Guide
Second in the District - Women's Golf Media Guide
Third in the District - Softball Poster
Fifth in the District - Baseball Poster
In addition to the awards, which were selected by a special panel of media representatives and presented at the annual CoSIDA Workshop held July 2-5 in Nashville, Tenn., Joos was selected as the 2,100-member organization's second vice president after recently completing a three-year at-large term on CoSIDA's board of directors. Entering his 15th year in media relations and his 20th in intercollegiate athletics administration, Joos will serve as the organization's president during the 2008-09 academic year when the group's annual convention is held in San Antonio.