NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND - During its annual business meeting on June 29, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) approved a new set of officers and Board of Director representatives to serve the professional athletic communications association for the 2018-19 academic year.
Current CoSIDA President Rob Carolla will pass the gavel to 2018-19 CoSIDA President Rob Knox on Saturday, June 30 at the conclusion of the Special Awards Luncheon before the 2018 CoSIDA Convention comes to a close later in the day. Knox serves as Athletic Media Relations Associate Director at Towson University. Carolla is the Director of Communications at College Football 150th Anniversary and will transition to Past President as he completes his work on the board as an officer.
CoSIDA holds its annual convention in conjunction with NACDA and Affiliates Convention Week.
Knox will serve as the 64th president of CoSIDA for a one-year term in 2018-19 after serving as first vice president during this academic year. He becomes the second HBCU alum (Lincoln (Pa)) and second African-American president in the history of the organization. Knox is the third ethic minority to serve in the CoSIDA presidency, following Bob Smith (Rutgers,1987-88) and Joe Hernandez (Ball State, 2005-06). He becomes the first African-American president of CoSIDA since 1987. Smith'53 is also an alum of Lincoln (Pa). He and Knox'96 are also members of that institution's Athletics Hall of Fame
“It’s a tremendous blessing to serve as CoSIDA’s president for the 2018-19 academic year. I am standing on the shoulders of giants as I transition into this prestigious role,” noted Knox. “I want to thank Towson for its support of me in this esteemed leadership position. It is a humbling honor to represent our dedicated, talented and wonderful professionals who have a passion for communicating the story of intercollegiate athletics.
“Working with the Board of Directors, the office staff while building off of the foundation established by our illustrious past presidents, we will continue the tremendous work of empowering, educating and advocating for our membership during this challenging evolution in our profession.”
Knox is the third ethic minority to serve in the CoSIDA presidency, following Bob Smith (Rutgers,1987-88) and Joe Hernandez (Ball State, 2005-06).
Also elected to serve the 3,100-member CoSIDA organization for the 2018-19 term and in the presidential rotation are First Vice President Herb Vincent, Southeastern Conference Associate Commissioner for Communications, Second Vice President Sam Atkinson, Gallaudet Associate Athletic Director for Communications, and Cindy Potter, Associate Director of Athletics/Media Relations and Compliance at Columbia College of Missouri was elected to serve as Third Vice President.
Potter is the fifth woman in CoSIDA history who will serve in the officer’s rotation to the president’s role and she is the first NAIA representative in the CoSIDA officer’s rotation.
Jeff Hodges (North Alabama Assistant Director/Communications) continues as secretary of the organization and rounds out the officers.
New members elected to serve the board in 2018-19 include John Kean, Missouri University of Science and Technology Sports Information Director; KatieJo Kuhens, Wartburg College Sports Information Director; Denise Thompson, Big Sky Conference Assistant Commissioner/Communications; and John Sudsbury, Allstate Sugar Bowl Director of Media Relations and Communications.
Kean and Kuhens will serve as At-Large College Division representatives. Both have been elected to three-year terms. Kuhens just completed a one-year term as At-Large College Division Representative to fill a vacancy. Thompson and Sudsbury are each At-Large Representatives with three-year terms.
Returning board members include:
• Danny Barnts, Point Loma Nazarene Assistant Athletic Director for Communications – College Division Representative – West Region (term expires 2019)
• Amie Canfield, Mount Holyoke College Associate Director of Athletics for Communications – College Division Representative – Northeast Region (term expires 2020)
• Jessica Poole, Vanderbilt University Assistant Director of Athletic Communications – At-Large Representative (term expires 2019)
, Paul Smith, Arkansas Tech Associate Athletic Director/Director of Athletic Communications) - College Division Representative – Central Region (term expires 2020)
• Jay Stancil, Union (Ky.) Director of Strategic Sports Communications – College Division Representative – Southeast Region (term expires 2019)
• Amy Yakola, Atlantic Coast Conference Executive Associate Commissioner and Chief of External Affairs – At-Large Representative (term expires 2019)