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Tooley wins KCAC SID honor

By The Herald Staff | 7/14/2014

WICHITA — Ottawa University Sports Information Director Katie Tooley has been named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference SID of the year. Tooley will be recognized at the KCAC Football Media Day, Aug. 6, in Wichita.

The SID of the year award is based on a vote of SIDs at each KCAC school.

WICHITA — Ottawa University Sports Information Director Katie Tooley has been named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference SID of the year. Tooley will be recognized at the KCAC Football Media Day, Aug. 6, in Wichita.

The SID of the year award is based on a vote of SIDs at each KCAC school.

Tooley has been a member of the Ottawa staff since 2006. She is in charge of sports information and communications for 18 intercollegiate teams.

She creates and distributes news releases to media outlets, compiles statistics for all Ottawa sports, and archives the team and student-athlete information.

She is in charge of game-day programs, media guides and games notes for all sports.

“Having outstanding professionals in the field of sports information at the level that we do in the KCAC is invaluable to our conference and institutions,” Ottawa Director of Athletics Arabie Conner said. “The profession and its level of importance and impact has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and will only continue to grow.”

In Tooley’s tenure, 20 of her publications have earned NAIA-Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA) honors with two being named the best in the NAIA. Tooley has earned two Citations for Excellence in Publications in Division C for her combined men’s and women’s basketball media guides.

“We’re very proud and fortunate to have Katie promoting our athletic department and she is very deserving of this recognition,” Conner said. “Her work ethic and passion to always provide coaches, fans, and media outlets the most up-to-date information is exceptional and is very worthy of this recognition.”

Tooley volunteers her services at conference events, serving at the KCAC men’s and women’s basketball championships, soccer championships, softball championship tournament and baseball championship tournament. Tooley volunteers as a youth softball and basketball coach. She also serves as secretary of the NAIA-SIDA.

Tooley is the first KCAC SID to win the award twice. Tooley won her first award in 2009-2010.

Tooley is a 2001 graduate of Ottawa University with a BA degree in history.

She also holds a BS in Information Resource Science degree from Emporia State University (2003).

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