UVa Athletics Media Relations Honored at CoSIDA Workshop
July 10, 2006
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Members of the University of Virginia Athletics Media Relations Department were honored last week at the 2006 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) convention.
UVa captured three awards for Excellence in Publications. The Cavalier men’s basketball media guide, written by Rich Murray and Bill Hurd, finished 15th in the nation and Second in the District. The men’s golf media guide, produced by Cathy Bongiovi, finished 23rd nationally and Third in the District. The women’s soccer media guide, produced by Steve Kirkland, was Second in the District.
Additionally, Matt Riley, UVa’s newest publications staff member, won Best in the District honors for his women’s tennis media guide that he produced last year for Marshall University.
The publication awards are the most for the department since 2004 when the women’s basketball media guide finished Fourth in the District.
The Associate Athletics Director for Public Relations, Murray (Washington & Lee `71) is in his 24th year at Virginia. In addition to handling the media needs for the Cavalier men’s basketball team, he works with the department’s senior staff on public relations initiatives. Murray was the 1996 recipient of the Bus Male Service Award for untiring and devoted service to University of Virginia athletics.
An assistant director, Hurd (Connecticut `89) enters his eighth year at UVa. He works closely with the men’s basketball team. He also serves as the primary contact for the school’s softball, men’s and women’s swimming diving, and volleyball teams. For his work with volleyball, Hurd was honored with the 2006 East Region AVCA Grand Burger Media Award.
An assistant director, Bongiovi (Penn State `87) begins her sixth season at Virginia. She works with the football, women’s basketball, and women’s rowing teams. The chair of the CoSIDA publications committee, Bongiovi has received 14 citations for Excellence in Publications.
An assistant director, Kirkland (Penn State `01) is in his fifth year with UVa. He handles the media needs for the women’s soccer, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis teams.
An assistant director, Riley (Marshall `04) joined the Virginia staff in June. He oversees the production of all athletics department media guides.