UNA Sports information staff honored at cosida convention
July 7, 2008
FLORENCE, Ala. – Jeff Hodges and Shane Herrmann of the University of North Alabama sports information staff received honors last week during the College Sports Information Directors of America’s (CoSIDA) annual convention at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.
Longtime UNA sports information director Jeff Hodges received the Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID Award from the All-American Football Foundation. The award is presented to athletic media relations professionals who have done outstanding work to promote collegiate football.
Hodges has served as SID at UNA for the last 25 years and has helped promote the Lions’ three NCAA Division II National Championship teams and eight Gulf South Conference championship squads. In addition, he has served as the media coordinator for the NCAA Division II Football Championship for the last 22 years, has served as chairman of the Harlon Hill Trophy since the award’s creation in 1986 and serves as chairman of the Division II Football Hall of Fame. He served on the selection committee for the College Football Hall of Fame and has also coordinated the selection of numerous decade and quarter century teams on the university, conference and Division II level.
UNA’s athletic publications also received three national awards from CoSIDA. The UNA football game program was named Best in the Nation and Best Cover in the nation for the second straight year. Karen Hodges, of the UNA publications staff, designed the program covers, and UNA student assistant Cayce Cooper received a certificate of recognition for her assistance on the program.
The UNA women’s volleyball media guide created by UNA assistant SID Shane Herrmann was named Third in the Nation. All of the awards were in Division B, which includes all NCAA Division II and NAIA schools. UNA has received more than 75 CoSIDA publication awards over the last 25 years.