Huskers Earn 18 CoSIDA Awards

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The University of Nebraska Media Relations Office earned 18 publication awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) during the 2006-07 season. The awards were officially announced during CoSIDA’s national convention in San Diego in early July.

Nebraska’s 18 CoSIDA awards led the nation, as the NU Media Relations Office has finished among the top five schools nationally in the overall publications contest for seven consecutive years. The University of Oklahoma finished second nationally with 15 awards.

Among Nebraska’s impressive list of award-winning publications, five Husker media and recruiting guides were ranked "Best in the Nation" for their respective sports, while seven other publications ranked among the top five nationally in their contests.

Nebraska Media Relations Keith Mann, Director of Media Relations Operations Jeff Griesch, Assistant Media Relations Directors Shamus McKnight and Jerry Trickie, Athletic Department Photographer Scott Bruhn, Athletic Department Design Coordinator Megan McLaughlin and Administrative Assistant Vicki Cartwright all assist in coordinating and producing Nebraska’s award-winning publications. Nebraska's interns and student-assistants also play a major role in the Huskers' success.

"We enjoyed another outstanding year by leading the nation in the number of award-winning guides that we produced as a team in the Nebraska Media Relations Office," Griesch said. "Our success in winning publication awards over the past seven years is just another example of the entire athletic department’s commitment to all of its programs. We have talented students, interns and full-time employees who come together and work as a team to produce all of our guides."

The Nebraska baseball media guide created and designed by McKnight was voted "Best in the Nation," as was intern Matt Smith's Nebraska softball media and recruiting guide. The men's track and field guide created by intern Andy Anderson added "Best in the Nation" honors, while media relations student-assistant Jess Schwager added a pair of No. 1 publications with her Husker bowling guide and rifle guides.

The Nebraska wrestling media guide designed and edited by Nate Rohr produced runner-up honors, while Schwager's rifle guide added another national award by finishing third in the single-sport brochure contest.

Another NU student-assistant, Brandon Gries, added a pair of fourth-place honors with his work on the Nebraska women's swimming and diving media guide and on the men's and women's cross country media guide.

Anderson's track and field guide added a fourth-place honor on the men's side, while the Nebraska soccer guide added a fifth-place showing under the direction of student-assistant Kelli Kremlacek. Griesch added a fifth-place award with the Nebraska women's golf guide.

The Nebraska football media guide designed and edited by Mann and Trickie added district runner-up honors, as did McLaughlin's Nebraska baseball poster.

Although CoSIDA formally announced its publication winners, the results of two contests remain unannounced, including volleyball and men's basketball.

2006-07 Nebraska Award-Winning Publications

Baseball Media Guide - Best in the Nation/Best in the District (Shamus McKnight, Megan McLaughlin)
Softball Media Guide - Best in the Nation/Best in the District (Matt Smith, Megan McLaughlin)
Men's Track & Field Guide - Best in the Nation (Andy Anderson, Megan McLaughlin)
Rifle Media Guide - Best in the Nation (Jess Schwager, Kelli Kremlacek)
Bowling Media Guide - Best in the Nation (Jess Schwager)
Wrestling Media Guide - Second in the Nation (Nate Rohr, Megan McLaughlin)
Single-Sport Media Guide - Third in the Nation - Rifle (Jess Schwager, Kelli Kremlacek)
Cross Country Media Guide - Fourth in the Nation (Brandon Gries, Jeff Griesch, Dustin Tomes)
Women's Swimming & Diving Media Guide - Fourth in the Nation (Brandon Gries, Megan McLaughlin)
Women's Track & Field Media Guide - Fourth in the Nation (Andy Anderson, Megan McLaughlin)
Soccer Media Guide - Fifth in the Nation/Best in the District (Kelli Kremlacek, Matt Smith, Dustin Tomes)
Women's Golf Media Guide - Fifth in the Nation/Best in the District (Jeff Griesch, Megan McLaughlin)
Football Media Guide - Second in the District (Keith Mann, Jerry Trickie, Megan McLaughlin)
Baseball Poster - Second in the District (Megan McLaughlin)