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LU Receives Four CoSIDA Publication Honors

July 14, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Office of Athletics Communications was recognized by CoSIDA for its 2010 football media guide and game program

The Office of Athletics Communications was recognized by CoSIDA for its 2010 football media guide and game program

During last week's 2010 CoSIDA National Convention in San Francisco, Calif., 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 their publications.

The four publication honors recognized Liberty's Office of Athletics Communications work on two different football publications, including three "Best in the Nation" honors.

For the third 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 2009 publication contest were football media guides published by Appalachian State (No. 1) and Towson (No. 2).

The second honor bestowed upon the annual football media guide was another repeatable accolade, as the cover was tabbed "Best Cover" by the CoSIDA publications committee for the second time in three years. The 2007 edition of Liberty's football media guide also received the same distinction in the annual CoSIDA contest.

The 2009 edition of the cover was a collaborative effort between Assistant AD for Communications Todd Wetmore, Liberty Athletics photographer Les Schofer and University Advancement senior graphics designer Brian Wallace.

The final honors bestowed upon a Liberty Athletics Communication piece last week by CoSIDA was another "Best in the Nation/Best Cover" awards.

The 2009 Flames Illustrated, Liberty's football game program, which was spearheaded by Ryan Bomberger, Liberty's Associate Athletics Communications Director along with Wetmore's assistance, won both "Best in the Nation" FCS football game program and "Best Cover" design.

The often-recognized publication also finished No. 7 in a combined CoSIDA publication contest between both Division I FBS and FCS football game programs in 2009.

Including this year's two honored pieces of work, Wetmore has now had 11 of his publications receive distinction from CoSIDA, including four "Best in the Nation" awards (2002, 2007 and 2009 football media guide covers and 2008 football game program cover). The honors for Bomberger were the first of his professional sports information 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 67 CoSIDA and NAIA-SIDA certificates at the national and regional levels, including 19 "Best in the Nation" awards.

CoSIDA 2009-10 Publication Contest Results:
Football Media Guide – IAA (FCS)

1. Appalachian State
2. Towson
3. Liberty
Best Cover: Liberty

Football Game Program – NCAA Division I
1. Michigan
2. Auburn
3. Notre Dame
4. Ohio State
5. Arkansas
6. Temple
7. Liberty (Best in the Nation – IAA/FCS)
Best Covers:

Notre Dame (I-A/FBS)
Liberty (I-AA/FCS)