Greenwood, Ind. - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released the names of the 2019 Hall of Fame Class on Tuesday afternoon in advance of its 62nd annual convention this June. The awards are presented to CoSIDA members and those outside the membership for outstanding contributions to the organization or to their member organizations.
Highlighting the 2019 honorees are six new Hall of Fame inductees:
- Jeff Bernstein – New York University (NYU), Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information
- Dave Lohse – University of North Carolina, Associate Athletic Communications Director
- John Paquette – Big East Conference, Senior Associate Commissioner, Sports Media Relations
- Maxey Parrish – Baylor University (retired), Former Director of Internet Operations and Sports Information
- David Plati – University of Colorado, Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director
- Mark Stillwell – Missouri State University (retired), Former Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Information Director
CoSIDA is comprised of more than 3,000 intercollegiate athletic communications and media relations professionals from colleges, universities and athletic conferences at all divisions of competition in the United States and Canada.
All CoSIDA Special Awards will be presented during the 2019 CoSIDA Convention in June at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
The CoSIDA Convention takes place June 9-12 and is held in conjunction with National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Affiliates Convention Week. This is the seventh year the CoSIDA Convention will be held in conjunction with the NACDA & Affiliates Convention.
"Congratulations to all of our talented, dedicated and passionate award winners," said Rob Knox, 2018-19 CoSIDA President and the Associate Director of Athletic Media Relations at Towson University. "This is an outstanding group of award winners. We're elated to recognize them during our convention in June and celebrate their accomplishments as they have been mentors, leaders and innovators throughout their distinguished careers. All of our CoSIDA member award winners have made a significant impact in our industry. Through their consistent contributions, they have brought dignity to our profession while simultaneously elevating CoSIDA. We congratulate those award winners outside our profession who will be recognized for their contributions to college athletics and for their commitment to the ideals and mission of CoSIDA."
Each of the six Hall of Fame inductees will join their predecessors on the CoSIDA Hall of Fame plaques that are on permanent display at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In addition to the Hall of Fame, other Special Awards recognize emerging leaders, community service, lifetime achievement and 25-Year service honors. They will be announced throughout the week.
Dave Lohse – North Carolina, Associate Director of Athletic Communications
A leader for diversity and inclusion with a rich background in publicizing NCAA national champions.
The anchor of the athletic communications office at UNC, Lohse has worked at UNC since 1979 when he began his career in the Tar Hell sports information office. Over this time, Lohse has worked directly with teams that have won 19 NCAA Division I National Championships: 15 titles in women's soccer and four NCAA championships in men's lacrosse. He also assisted with the Tar Heel men's basketball national championship teams in1982 and 1993.
Lohse has worked on the staff of two Olympic Games - in 1988 at Seoul, Korea as U.S. Olympic committee press officer for diving and yachting, and in 1996 in Atlanta as media director for the Aquatics Venue (located at Georgia Tech).
Lohse has numerous present and past accomplishments. He received a 2016 CoSIDA Achievement Award, given to an associate or assistant director of athletic communications for outstanding service. He also was a founding member of the CoSIDA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In 2014, Lohse received the Ernie Williamson Award from the UNC Department of Athletics, a honor given for service to UNC student-athletes and staff over the years. He has also won more than 50 CoSIDA publication awards.
Lohse earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in 1977 with distinction, majoring in political science and being elected Phi Beta Kappa.