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Orangeburg, S.C. - SC State University's long-time sports information director William “Bill” Hamilton, who is retiring June 30, 2013, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He will be honored on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at noon during the annual CoSIDA Convention which will take place in Orlando, Fla.  Bill HamiltonHamilton
“I am quite honored and humbled to be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from CoSIDA. Being recognized by your peers and colleagues is always special. For me the recognition kind of puts a bow on my long career at SC State, a career that has been most enjoyable and rewarding,” said Hamilton, a 40-year veteran in the profession.
CoSIDA has over 2900 athletic communications professionals as members who represent all divisions of athletic programs in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those individuals who have served at least 25 years in the sports information profession, and who are retiring or leaving the profession.
Joe Hornstein, CoSIDA president, describes Hamilton as “a most deserving individual.” Hamilton has previously been honored several times by the organization for outstanding contributions to the profession. In 2005, he received the Trailblazer Award, in 2009 he received the Arch Ward Award and was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame class of 2009, and in 1998, he was presented the Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award. William “Bill” Hamilton is in his 39th year as sports information director at SC State University in Orangeburg, SC. He is the only full-time sports information director in the university's history. Hamilton began his career at SC State in July 1973.meac bill hamilton 0313Hamilton was honored for his service during the 2013 MEAC Basketball Tournament in Norfolk
Hamilton has earned numerous professional awards during his long career, In addition to his awards from from CoSIDA, the SC State alumnus has received the All-American Football Foundation Scoop Hudgins Outstanding Sports Information Director Award, and the Black College Sports Information Director Association Cal Jacox-Champ Clark Award. In February of 2011, he was featured by during Black History Month, and his latest accolade came in May of 2012 when he was received the Herman Helms Media Excellence Award from the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
He is enshrined in the MEAC Hall of Fame, The CoSIDA Hall of Fame, the SC State Athletic Hall of Fame and the SC State Physical Education Hall of Fame. In addition, Hamilton was named Staff Employee of the Year at SC State in 1999, a National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education(NAFEO) Distinguished Alumnus in 2005, and was designated a Stellar Alumnus on the SC State National Alumni Association's 2010 calendar.
In addition, he has been a longtime pollster for both the Sheridan Broadcasting Network (SBN) and The Sports Network (TSN) and served nine years on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Four Media Coordination Committee.
Hamilton is a member of the Greater Orangeburg Alumni Chapter of SC State and a Life Member of the SCSUNAA. He is also a member of several professional and civic organizations and is actively involved in his community. He was the longtime board chairman of the Orangeburg Attention Homes, Inc., former board member and executive committee member of the SC State Employee Association (SCSEA) and current president of the Orangeburg chapter, former board member and local chapter president of the Alston Wilkes Society, and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


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