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Three LU Publications Recognized by CoSIDA
2008 Football Media Guide
During last week's 2009 CoSIDA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) presented Liberty University Office of Athletics Communications with three publication certificates.
CoSIDA annually judges submitted publication and promotional materials in 57 different categories, giving athletics communications and sports information directors constructive feedback on the overall quality and usefulness of the publication.
Two of Liberty's football publications were honored, along with the Flames' cross country media guide.
For the second year in a row, Liberty's football media guide was recognized as "Third in the Nation" among all submitted FCS media guides. Finishing ahead of Liberty during the 2008 publication contest were football media guides published by Delaware (No. 1) and Appalachian State (No. 2).
Liberty's second football-related publication to receive national accolades was the 2008 football game program. The cover of Flames Illustrated, Liberty's game program designed by Brian Wallace of Liberty's University Advancement office, was tabbed "Best in the Nation."
This is the second-straight year Liberty's Office of Athletics Communications has received a "Best in the Nation" distinction from CoSIDA, as the organization tabbed the cover of the 2007 football media guide, as the country's best football media guide cover design.
Rounding out the trio of honors handed down by CoSIDA was one Liberty received on its cross country media guide, as the publication was judged "Second in the Nation" among all submitted Division I cross country media guides.
Todd Wetmore, Liberty's Assistant AD for Communications, served as the editor for both the football media guide and the football game program, while Assistant Athletics Communications Director Paul Carmany edited the cross country media guide.
Wetmore has now had seven of his publications receive distinction from CoSIDA. Along with the four previously mentioned honors from 2007 and 2008, Wetmore had a "Best in the Nation" cover design for his 2002 football media guide, his 2000 football game program finished "Third in the Nation" and his 2004-05 women's basketball media guide finished "Third in the District" ranking (in CoSIDA District 3). The honor for Carmany was the first of his professional career.
Traditionally, CoSIDA has recognized several of Liberty's publications in its annual contests. Since 1977, publications produced by Liberty's Sports Information/Athletics Communications department have won 63 CoSIDA and NAIA-SIDA certificates at the national and regional levels, including 16 "Best in the Nation" awards.
Football Media Guides / I-AA
DIVISION I-AA (25 entries)
1. University of Delaware (Scott Selheimer, Kevin Tritt, Keith Heckert)
2. Appalachian State University (Mike Flynn, Ty Patton)
3. Liberty University (Todd Wetmore, Office of Athletic Communications)
4. Youngstown State University (Trevor Parks, John Vogel, Bridget Kelly)
Best Cover: University of Massachusetts (Jason Yellin, John Schaffhauser, David Gunn)
Football Game Programs / I-AA
DIVISION I-AA (9 entries)
1. Youngstown State University (Trevor Parks, Rick Love)
2. Appalachian State University (Ty Patton, Mike Flynn)
Best Cover: Liberty University (Todd Wetmore, Kevin Keys, Office of Athletic Communications)
Cross Country Media Guides / A
DIVISION A (35 entries)
1. University of Tennessee / Women (Eric Trainer, Debby Jennings, Cameron Harris)
2. Liberty University (Paul Carmany, Office of Athletics Communications)
3. University of Kansas (Kellen Coleman, Beau White)
4. University of Notre Dame (Stephanie Fischer, Cynthia Lemcke)
5. Ohio State University (Adam Widman, Taurean Jones)
Best Cover: UCLA (Stephanie Sampson)