URI's assistant athletic director for media relations honored
by national sports information organization
KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 21, 2000 -- Richmond resident Mike Ballweg,
assistant athletic director for media relations at the University of Rhode
Island, has been named a recipient of the 25-Year Award for the year 2000
by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Ballweg, who is in his fifth year at URI, will be honored Monday, June
26, during a luncheon at this year's CoSIDA Workshop in St. Louis.
"This is a tremendous honor reserved for those who have served a
minimum of 25 years in a full-time capacity in the sports information profession,"
said Peter I. Moore, CoSIDA third vice president.
A native of Blacksburg, Va., Ballweg is a 1975 graduate of Virginia Tech
where he earned a degree in business administration.
During his undergraduate college days, he worked as an intern in the
Virginia Tech Sports Information Office. He served as the assistant athletic
director and sports information director at Hampton (Va.) University (1975-80);
director of sports media relations at Ohio University (1980-82); sports
information director at West Virginia University (1982-84) and Virginia
Commonwealth University (1984-92). He spent two years as the assistant executive
director at the Blockbuster/Carquest Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. before
coming to Rhode Island in 1994.
Ballweg serves as the national chair of CoSIDA's Publications Committee
and has won a total of 28 CoSIDA citations for his brochures, game programs
He is responsible for overseeing athletic public relations for all of
Rhode Island's 22 intercollegiate sports including emphasis on football
and men's basketball.
Ballweg and his wife, Shari, reside in Richmond, R.I. She is a
manager at Citizens Bank in the Home Equity Division.
For Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116,
Mike Ballweg 401-874-2401