Athletic Communications Ranks Sixth in National Publications Awards

June 28, 2016

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's Athletic Communications office was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) this week as the organization announced its 2015-16 Publications Contest winners. Leading the way was Louisiana Tech’s football game notes, ranked as Best in the Nation.

Of the many awards categories announced by CoSIDA, Louisiana Tech was the only school from Conference USA to receive a publications award and the four honors were the most received by any Louisiana school.

The four awards in total ranks tied for sixth nationally among Division I institutions, ahead of schools like Notre Dame (3), Clemson (2), Oklahoma (2) and Ohio State (1). Kansas State received the most awards with 13 followed by the 12 honors awarded to Kansas. Kentucky (8) and West Virginia (8) tied for third.

Louisiana Tech's football game notes were produced and submitted by Patrick Walsh, associate director of athletic communications at Louisiana Tech, and were deemed the best fall sport game notes packet in the country. Walsh also led a group that included Anna Claire Thomas and Blake Bolin in producing the school’s New Orleans Bowl Media Guide, which ranked second in the country in postseason guides category.

Walsh has now won 14 awards over his seven years at Louisiana Tech with this being his eighth and ninth honor by CoSIDA in his career, respectively. He was recently recognized by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association with the state’s best fact sheet/game notes (football) and best feature story or release. He serves as the primary media contact for football, track and field, cross country and golf.

Thomas was also responsible for the 2015 Volleyball Media Guide, which ranked second in the country. She serves as the primary contact for volleyball, baseball and bowling.

Kane McGuire was recognized as well as his 2015 Women’s Soccer Media Guide was recognized with the best cover in the nation. He serves as the primary contact for women’s soccer, women’s tennis and men’s basketball.

Courtney Pugh at Donnie Bell Design handles the layout and creative for all of Louisiana Tech’s media guides while Donny Crowe, Tom Morris and Darrell Jones provide the outstanding photography for the Tech Athletics Communications department.

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Game Notes Fall Sports – University
1. Louisiana Tech University - Football (Patrick Walsh)
2. University of Kansas - Women’s Soccer (Brad Gilbert)
3. West Virginia University - Football (West Virginia University Athletic Communications)
4. University of Kansas - Football (Katy Lonergan, D.J. Haurin, Trae Green)

Postseason Guide – University
1. University of Houston (David Bassity, Allison McClain, Roman Petrowski)
2. Louisiana Tech University (Patrick Walsh, Anna Claire Thomas, Blake Bolin)
Best Cover: West Virginia University (West Virginia University Athletic Communications)

Soccer Guide – University Women
1. University of Albany (Dave Vatz)
2. University of Louisiana at Monroe (Robbie Kleinmuntz)
Best Cover: Louisiana Tech University (Kane McGuire)

Volleyball Guide – University
1. University of Kansas (Kansas Athletic Communications)
2. Louisiana Tech University (Anna Claire Thomas)
Best Cover: University of Kansas (Kansas Athletic Communications)

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