Wednesday, October 7, 2020

SIDs: Essential



OCTOBER 7, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  SIDs: Essential


When asked what a sports information director does, veteran University of North Carolina SID Steve Kirschner responded from the heart. And in the light of many layoffs in my former industry, Kirschner's words ring true and should provide a wakeup call for all those making personnel decisions.

Let me hit some highlights of Kirschner's list:

  • Communications duties
  • Historical archives
  • Advice for students, coaches on dealing with media
  • Special award campaigns
  • Design graphics
  • Produce short videos
  • Press releases (academic, community service)
  • Crisis communications specialist
  • Staffing for regular-season and championship events
  • Writing for website, media and social
  • In-game statistics
  • Coordinate interviews
  • Event previews
  • Season statistics
  • Conference and national player of week nominations
  • Scouting for coaches
  • Research for recruiting, graphics, letters, flyers, etc.
  • Game day programs
  • Scripts for public address

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2.  Looking Back


His head coach called him, "an ugly quarterback."

He referred to himself as playing a little "like Doug Flutie, but I'm not as fast."

In fact, how many Afghani quarterbacks do you know? I'll wait.

But 20 years ago today, Menlo QB Zamir Amin set an NCAA all-divisions record by throwing for 731 yards in a 37-32 loss to Cal Lutheran. He completed 39-of-66 passes with four TDs and three picks. Amin's 731 yards bettered the previous NCAA mark of 716 yards set by Houston's David Klingler in 1990.

Little known fact about that game ... Menlo showed up just 15 minutes prior to kickoff due to transportation problems. Even more impressive numbers with little to no warm-up time

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3.  NADIIIAA Membership

A reminder to school and conference administrators that membership in the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators is free for the 2020-21 academic year. If you haven’t registered for membership yet, click here.
Join the NADIIIAA community and take advantage of the following membership benefits:

  • Numerous professional development, educational and networking opportunities, including programming at the NCAA Convention, annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics summer forum, NADIIIAA monthly webinars, etc.
  • The opportunity to nominate and receive numerous awards such as the Community Service Awards and Richard A. Rasmussen Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The NACDA Daily Review, a web clipping service that contains articles on intercollegiate athletics. The Daily Review arrives via email five days a week.
  • Use of the NADIIIAA Community for the exchange of information, ideas and employment opportunities with peers.

The opportunity to obtain a financial grant to assist in attending the NACDA Convention.

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4.  Special

Three conference offices and 34 schools reported Division III Special Olympics activities during the 2019-20 year involving approximately 4,600 Division III student-athletes and 4,200 Special Olympics athletes. The division dedicated just over 10,438 volunteer hours and raised a total of $14,630 because of these activities.

The division also donated additional funds to Special Olympics generated from Division III Week initiatives ($2,750). Thank you to all the student-athletes, schools and conference offices that participated in this accomplishment.

5. Conference Call
Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed before our times.
New Jersey Athletic Conference - Official Athletics Website

: New Jersey Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Terry Small
Headquarters: Pitman, N.J.
  • Founded: 1957
  • Operated as men's sports league until 1985 when it merged with women's Jersey Athletic Conference
  • Remaining Charter Members (6): College of New Jersey, Kean, Montclair, New Jersey City, Rowan, William Paterson
  • Other Core Members (4): Ramapo (1976), Stockton (1977), Rutgers-Camden (1985), Rutgers-Newark (1985)
  • Associate Members (10): Christopher Newport (FB), Farmingdale State (T&F), Oneonta (MTEN), PSU Harrisburg (T&F), St. Joseph's, L.I. (T&F), Salisbury (FB), UW-Eau Claire (MTEN), UW-La Crosse (MTEN), UW-Whitewater (MTEN), Wesley (FB)
  • Oldest: Kean, TCNJ (1855)
  • Largest: Montclair State (15,014)
  • Smallest: Rutgers-Camden (4,759)
  • Longest Trip: 133 miles (Ramapo to Stockton)
  • Championship Sports: 21

>> Tomorrow: Presidents Athletic Conference

sources: Google Maps, EADA

6.  Comings and Goings
7.  RIP Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen performs in Wantagh, N.Y., in 2015. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Eddie Van Halen, a grinning guitar god who "redefined the sound and possibilities of the electric guitar in the 1970s and '80s," died of throat cancer Tuesday at 65, the L.A. Times reports.

  • His iconic guitar — Frankenstein, or Frankenstrat — "was pieced together to his personal specifications in 1975 from the components of other instruments — a $50 body, a $75 neck, a single Humbucker pickup and crucial tremolo bar."
  • Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains said during Grammy weekend in 2019: "Ed’s a once- or twice-in-a-century kind of guy. There’s Hendrix and there’s Eddie Van Halen."

The backstory: "Born in the Netherlands and raised in Pasadena, Calif.," Variety writes, "he founded Van Halen with his older brother, drummer Alex; the siblings were joined by vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony in the first recording lineup of the group, which exploded after star-making gigs at such West Hollywood clubs as Gazzarri’s and the Starwood."

>> Worth Your Time. I can't even air guitar this good.


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