Paul Carmany (center), Liberty Assistant Athletics Media Relations Director and volleyball contact, is one of four recipients of this year's CVU.com RESPecting Volleyball award.
Link to official CVU.com release Liberty University Assistant Athletics Media Relations Director Paul Carmany was one of four recipients of the third-annual RESPecting Volleyball award. The award was presented by College Volleyball Update (CVU.com), a web site dedicated to covering NCAA men's and women's volleyball. "One of the biggest recruiting tools that we have is our web site. To have a Sports Information Director of Paul's caliber working for our volleyball program and University is an honor," said Lady Flames head coach volleyball Shane Pinder. "There are a lot of characteristics that make Paul great at what he does, but the one that makes him so special in my opinion, is his passion for Liberty athletics. I believe Paul is one of the top SID's in the nation, if not the top." In an effort to recognize those who work to further the sport of volleyball, especially at the collegiate level, CVU.com honored Carmany, allowing with three other individuals with the yearly reward. This season, a conference SID and three university SIDs were selected for the RESPecting Volleyball (Recognition for Excellence in Supporting and Promoting Volleyball) honor. Joining Carmany as honorees were Kevin O'Connor of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, LSU's Melissa Foley and Jessica Siegel of the Patriot League, as this year's recipients. "Paul has done an unprecedented job in covering the Lady Flames volleyball program this season and is duly deserving of such an honor," said Liberty's Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations Todd Wetmore. "Without a doubt, he is one of the hardest working individuals who has come through our office in my many years. Paul has raised the level of expectation at Liberty University with his tireless work ethic and strong desire to be the best at each task he sets his mind to." Carmany, in his second year at the University, orchestrated a season-long campaign to provide in-depth coverage of Liberty's volleyball program, starting with training camp and continuing through the Lady Flames' run to the NCAA Tournament. Besides providing sports information basics, like updated statistics and match recaps, Carmany gave members of the media and fans of the Lady Flames volleyball program extraordinary coverage. Weekly, the volleyball athletic media relations contact offered insight into Liberty's volleyball players with detailed match previews, including game notes, as well as, player features and Q&A sessions. During the volleyball campaign, Liberty claimed the Big South title for the fourth time in program history and the first since 2001. The Lady Flames finished the year with 27-9 overall record and an 11-1 mark in league play. In the NCAA Tournament, Liberty lost, 3-1, to California, the No. 10 national seed, becoming the second Big South program to take a game in an NCAA Tournament match. Carmany came to Liberty prior to the start of the 2006 volleyball season, after graduating from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he earned a pair of degrees. In 2004, the native of New Middletown, Ohio, was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics, graduating as the university's top mathematics student. Two years later, Carmany graduated with a master of education degree in sport education, maintaining a 4.0 GPA for his graduate studies.
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