C of I earns national awards at NAIA convention

The College of Idaho enjoyed a stellar showing at the recent College Sports Information Directors of America national convention at Marriott Orlando World Center, racking up nine Top-10 finishes in the 2014-15 NAIA-Sports Information Directors Association Publications and Media Contest.  

The C of I Athletics Communications team of Mike Safford and Tyler Thurston along with Marketing and Communications staffers Jordan Rodriguez and Randall Post and student writer Clayton Gefre combined to earn awards in writing, video, website and social media categories.

Along with the awards, the Yotes will have representation on the national NAIA-SIDA Board of Directors for the first time in school history, as Safford was selected by his peers as one of two at-large representatives.  

“There were 11 outstanding nominees for the two open board positions, and each person would have done an amazing job in helping NAIA-SIDA do bigger and better things,” Safford said. “I am honored and blessed by my selection from my peers–it truly is one of the, if not the biggest professional achievement that I have had in my nearly two decades in the athletic communication field."  

For the second consecutive year, the Yotes had much success in the video award categories, with Post winning top honors for his video “Play Football at the College of Idaho” featuring coach Mike Moroski—the College’s third “Best in the NAIA” award since 2002.  Rodriguez won silver medal honors for his feature story on the return of Coyote football, while the C of I won bronze medal honors for its highlight package from the home football win over Montana Western as well as the “It's On Us” video aimed at stopping sexual assault on college campuses. Gefre earned bronze medal honors for his feature story on basketball standout Demetrius Perkins, with the website also earning a third-place finish.

Other Top-10 honors for the staff included a fourth-place honor for the promo video “College of Idaho Night with the Boise Hawks”; a fifth-place award for the football home opener scoreboard intro video; a ninth-place honor for the most Facebook likes earned through the athletic season; and a tenth-place honor for the C of I/NNU Softball Tournament webpage.

Since 2002, the C of I has been awarded 43 Top-10 awards from the NAIA-SIDA.

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