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Athletics Department Awarded Competitive National Grant

Byline: by Caileigh Oliver

Posted: May 11, 2013

The Wilson College Athletics Department is one of six Division III colleges nationwide recently awarded a competitive grant by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Grant money to help offer opportunities for athletes

The grant money will help fund a new full-time Athletics Communication/Sports Information Director position.

“Expanding Wilson’s athletic staff with this position is an important step in continuing to improve our intercollegiate sports programs, and will assist in making a smooth transition while we expand opportunities for our female and male student athletes,” said Lori Frey, Director of Athletics.

The NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant applies to the 2013-2016 cycle. Wilson applied three times in previous years but was never awarded the grant until this year. The strategic grant assists collegiate athletic departments in staffing by providing funding to enhance current staff members through training or the creation of new positions. The grant allows athletic departments three years to adjust their budget to include the salary of the new position. The first year the NCAA grant contributes to 75 percent of the salary, the second year 50 percent, and the third year 25 percent.

The newly created Athletics Communication/Sports Information Director position expands on the current job of the Sports Information Director (SID). The SID deals with statistics regarding the sports and provides game information. The Athletics Communication role focuses on dispersing all sports-related information to different departments around campus and coordinating with them.

A national search for a candidate to fill this position will launch after the NCAA officially announces the recipients of the strategic grant.

“We are hoping to bring in someone with three to five years of experience in sports information for this position,” said Frey.

Last Updated: May 11, 2013