Inside every college football program there's an entire of roster of people toiling behind the scenes, miles away from any amount of credit, giving their hours and hours of work to make sure everything works the way it's supposed to work. While many of those people deserve recognition, this time the SIDs take a rare turn to have some applause thrown their way.
The people whose jobs it is to get other people's names in the news, their face on TV and awards on their mantle, and make sure they look good doing it, took a turn to honor some of their own during the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) annual convention.
Auburn SID Shelly Poe was named the 2013 Arch Award recipient for bringing dignity and prestige to the profession, while San Jose State's Lawrence Fan took home the Trailblazer Award for improving ethnic and/or gender deversity within the SID ranks.
Poe, who will serve as CoSIDA's president in 2013-14, is in her second year at Auburn after serving five years at Ohio State. Prior to that, she spent 19 years at her alma mater, West Virginia. In 1987, Poe took over the promotion of the Mountaineers' football program at age 24, becoming the youngest person and only female SID in America covering a Division I football prorgram. She became the fifth female inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 2002.
“It is wonderful honor,” said Poe. “It makes you think about all the people who helped you over years and years of a very rewarding career. There are a many, great talented people in our profession, and to be singled out is overwhelming.”
A 30-year San Jose State veteran, Fan has taken a leadership role within CoSIDA helping younger SIDs seek jobs within the profession. He became the first person of Chinese descent to enter the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 2012 and earned the organization's 25-Year Award in 2007.
“It is an honor and humbling to receive CoSIDA’s Trailblazer Award,” Fan said. “Every recipient is a giant and luminary in our profession. Their work and standing in college athletics are a standard for today’s professionals to emulate and take to the next level in the future. I take great pride being a member of CoSIDA. Today’s CoSIDA is much more diverse thanks to the previous award winners. Not just gender, racial or ethnic diversity, but also diversity of action, thought and philosophy."
Congratulations to both deserving winners.