UKMR Ranks Third is NCAA in CoSIDA Awards

July 17, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky media relations office received 16 awards for excellence in publications from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in June, placing UK third in the nation overall.

"I was extremely pleased to learn the results of this year's CoSIDA publications contest,” said Craig Hornberger, UK's director of athletic publications. “To finish third in the nation overall for total awards among all Division I schools is especially gratifying. It is a testament to the creative talents and hard work of many dedicated individuals in the UK Athletic Media Relations and Publications Office. As a staff, we take a great deal of collective pride in producing award-winning publications that meet the needs of our coaches, media and loyal fan base."

The University of Kentucky received 11 awards on the national level and five awards on the district level, placing UK first overall in District 4. District 4 includes the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

"During my eight years at the Southeastern Conference, the University of Kentucky always excelled as a leader in the publication field,” said DeWayne Peevy, UK's associate athletic director. “After one year at UK, I saw the dedication, hard work and the collective efforts that continue to produce award-winning results."

The women's basketball guide was named Best in the Nation along with earning honors for Best Cover and Best in the District. The guide was created by associate director of media relations Susan Lax, creative director Kim Troxall and photographer David Coyle.

“It feels great to be recognized after all the hard work by my peers and myself,” Lax said. “The entire team invests a lot of time and is happy to be honored as the best.”

The women's gymnastics guide also earned Best in the Nation honors. The guide was compiled by Sara Reichbaum, Troxall and Coyle.

The men's basketball yearbook, created by Peevy, John Hayden and Hornberger, finished fourth in the nation and received Best Cover honors. Additionally, Best Cover awards went to the men's and women's swimming and diving guide, created by Deb Moore, publications assistant Matt Hernandez and Coyle, and the Liberty Bowl guide for football, produced by the Athletic Media Relations Office, Hernandez and Coyle.

The volleyball guide, compiled by Moore, Dave Roberts and Coyle, finished fifth in the nation and received Best in the District honors.

The women's soccer guide received 10th in the nation and was produced by Hayden, Troxall and Coyle.

The baseball guide received Best in the District honors and was created by Brent Ingram, Troxall and Coyle. The baseball poster finished fifth in the nation along with Best in the District and was also created by Ingram, Troxall and Coyle.

The men's golf poster received eighth in the nation and second in the district. The poster was created by Marcus Shanks, Hernandez and Coyle.