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The 2018 CoSIDA Special Awards will be announced throughout the week of Feb. 26-March 2, with nearly 50 recipients selected for recognition.
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These three CoSIDA members will be honored during the 2018 CoSIDA Convention in National Harbor, Maryland.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) continues its weeklong announcement of its 2018 Special Awards Thursday by recognizing three more outstanding members for distinguished contributions to the profession.
, the director of athletic communications at The Sage Colleges, will receive the Mary Jo Haverbeck Trailblazer Award
which honors a pioneer in the field of sports information who has mentored and helped improve the level of ethnic and gender diversity within CoSIDA.
The Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award
, presented annually to a member for civic involvement, community service and accomplishments outside of the sports information office, will go to Christopher Wenzler
, the Assistant Athletics Director for Communications/sports information director at John Carroll University.
The Lester Jordan Award
is presented for exemplary service to the Academic All-America® Program and the promotion of the ideals of being a student-athlete. Susan Fumagalli Mahoney
, the associate athletic director at Gettysburg College and long-time member of CoSIDA’s Academic All-America® Committee, will accept the 2018 award.
All 2018 Special Award winners will be honored at CoSIDA’s annual convention which takes place June 27-30 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
Here’s a closer look at these CoSIDA Special Award recipients.
Ann King (Mary Jo Haverbeck Trailblazer Award): A DIII Leader
King is currently in her 32nd year as a sports information director, and in her ninth year at The Sage Colleges. She also served more than 17 years as SID at The College of New Jersey and six years as SID at her alma mater, Drew University.
King was named to the NCAA's Division III-CoSIDA Strategic Communications Committee in the spring of 2012 and was elected as the group's chair that year. King also served as a member of the NCAA Media Coordination Advisory Board from 2012-15. She is a member of the NCAA Division III CoSIDA Student Program, serving as a mentor to a rising college senior looking to pursue a career in intercollegiate athletics.
A participant on the Division III CoSIDA Strategic Committee where she served as the group's chair, King also assisted with the production of the NCAA Division III Guide to Strategic Athletic Communications on Campus in 2012.
King also has committed to long-time CoSIDA service. Serving a term on CoSIDA’s board of directors from 1999-2002, she currently is a member of the Special Awards committee. She has also served on CoSIDA’s College Division Management Council (CDMAC) and is currently the first vice president of D3SIDA. King is also on the steering committee of WoSIDA, CoSIDA’s subgroup which advocates for females in the profession and contributes to the professional development sessions at the annual national convention. King has been honored by CoSIDA with the 2003 Warren Berg Award, the college division honor for distinguished service and work. She was the first female to receive the prestigious Berg honor. In 2006 she was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame. She also served on the board of directors of ECAC-SIDA, serving as the group’s president in 2003-04 and received the organization’s Irving T. Marsh Award in 2007.
Prior Mary Jo Haverbeck Award recipients
Christopher Wenzler (Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award): Commitment To Community Involvement Drives This Leader
Wenzler is in his 26th year as the sports information director at John Carroll, including the last 10 years serving as assistant athletic director for communications. He was named to his post just four months after receiving his diploma, and has been a fixture in his alma mater’s athletic department ever since.
Wenzler has built the John Carroll sports information office into one of the most state-of-the-art offices in Division III while also contributing years of volunteer involvement and service to his campus community and community at large.
He became one of the first sports information directors at the Division III level to implement a 40-event video webcast schedule for the internet in 2006. He was also proactive in securing a multi-sport broadcast schedule with the SportsTime Ohio network that started in the fall of 2007. In 2013, Wenzler received the John Carroll Staff Service award for outstanding service to the greater Cleveland community in representing a "faith that does justice."
In addition to his job duties, Wenzler is very active in the JCU campus ministry. For the last nine years, he has led students to Jamaica, Ecuador and Guatemala for 10-day immersion trips to impoverished regions of the countries. He also is active with the John Carroll Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), assisting in raising funds for a number of non-profit organizations. He helped organize and run John Carroll's Streaks to the Max SAAC events, events raise funds for Max Cure Foundation which provides financial and advocacy aid to families who have a child battling cancer. To date, the events have raised nearly $30,000.
For the last five years, Wenzler has served as the president of his children’s community summer recreation swimming team. Wenzler has volunteered more than 200 hours each of the last three years.
He is also active in CoSIDA, serving on the Academic All-America® committee since 1998 and has been a member of the Goodwill and Wellness committee the last two years. As part of CoSIDA’s Volunteer 15 program, Wenzler hass logged over 200 hours of community service each of the last three school years, per the annual CoSIDA Volunteer 15 recaps. In 2014-15, he led all CoSIDA members with 224 volunteer hours.
Prior Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award recipients
Susan Fumagalli Mahoney (Lester Jordan Award): Administrator Who Began in Sports Information Who Is Dedicated to CoSIDA's Academic All-America® Program
Fumagalli Mahoney has been the associate athletic director of athletics and director of athletic operations (recruiting) center at Gettysburg College since 2010. She administers the department’s financial budget, files all NCAA/conference championship budgets and NCAA gender equity and EADA reports, and serves as the liaison to other offices on campus. She manages the awards program and promotes individuals for national awards, including NCAA postgraduate scholarships. Since her arrival, five Bullets have been named postgraduate recipients.
Prior to arriving in Gettysburg in 2004 where she served in sports information, Fumagalli Mahoney was the sports information director (1994-2004), coordinator of women’s athletics (1996-2004), and assistant director of athletics for administration and communications (2000-2004) at Widener University. Fumagalli also worked as assistant sports information director at the United States Naval Academy in 1993-94.
Fumagalli has been a member of Academic All-America® committee since 1995, serving as a national coordinator from 1999-2008 and most recently holding the post of Vice-Chair, Awards. She is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and serves on the board of the Collegiate Women's Lacrosse Officiating Association as the NCAA Division III administrative representative.
At Gettysburg, Fumagalli served on the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse National Committee from 2008-12, including as chairperson in 2011-12. She oversaw a pair of national championship events hosted by Gettysburg - the 2010 NCAA Division II and III Women's Lacrosse Championship and the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Prior Lester Jordan Award recipients