RICHMOND, Virginia – At their annual meeting last week, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) elected the University of Richmond Matt mccollester as its new president. Following a unanimous vote, McCollester will be the president of the organization for the next two years. VaSID exists to promote the achievements of student-athletes from all institutions in Virginia while supporting the state’s sports information professionals. McCollester will begin his fourth year at the University of Richmond as Assistant Athletic Director for Communications in 2021-2022.
As President, McCollester will represent the organization in all functions where a VaSID representative is requested, write or assign articles intended to promote the organization, appoint committees to deal with organizational matters, oversee the All rewards system -State, appoint coordinators for each sport and plan the organization’s annual business meeting. His two-year term is renewable at the discretion of the members. VaSID is made up of sports information or sports communication professionals from interuniversity institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with any of the state institutions at NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, community college and independent levels, provided the area of ââresponsibility of the he individual is in the field of sports information. Membership is also open to retirees from the profession.
McCollester is an active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and has been a member since 2003. He has served on the CoSIDA Academic All-America committee since 2004 and is the district coordinator for football and general selections. for district three (Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee). In addition to these roles, he has been a member of the CoSIDA Job Seekers Committee since 2012 and is currently in his third year as Chair of the Job Seekers Committee. He also works in the CoSIDA mentor-mentee program, helping young sports communication professionals navigate their careers in sports information.
McCollester, originally from Pittsburgh, oversees the Richmond Athletics public relations office, overseeing a team of five.
He is also the primary media contact for Spider Football and Spider Men’s Lacrosse. McCollester has over 23 years of media relations experience with previous stops at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ball State, Arkansas State, and Harvard. He started his career as a student assistant at Slippery Rock.
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