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Doane Receives Honors in NAIA-SIDA Contests

Doane Receives Honors in NAIA-SIDA Contests

The NAIA Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA) held their annual meeting on Saturday in Marco Island, Florida, and during the meeting, the publication contest winners were announced for the 2010-11 year. NAIA member institutions are eligible to submit media guides, story articles and their web site for consideration in several categories.

The Doane College Sports Information Office, under the direction of Rick Schmuecker, placed a school-best six media guides in the Top 10 of their respective categories. The most honors for media guides previously were three in a single year.

"It is a great honor to have our publications recognized," Schmuecker commented. "A lot of man hours go into putting these together each year and it feels really good to know that the hard work paid off."

Schmuecker handles design and layouts with some pre-layout information done by a student assistant. This past year, Schmuecker credits Brittany Luettel for her help early on with the soccer media guides as she typed up information to insert into the men's & women's guides while he was working on the information for football and volleyball.

The fall sport season is the busiest time at Doane as four media guides and produced in a two-week period. Of the four, three placed in the Top 10 of the NAIA-SIDA contests.

The top finish came from the Women's Track & Field media guide as it took fourth place in the Individual Media Guide Contest. This division is for all "other" media guides that do not have a specific category. The Men's Track & Field media guide placed fifth in the same division and both were the highest ranked track guides.

Doane received seventh place in the Football Media Guide Contest as well as the Women's Soccer Media Guide Contest. The Men's & Women's Cross Country media guide placed eighth in the Multi-Sport Media Guide Contest. Doane received 10th place in the Men's Soccer Media Guide Contest.

All of Doane's athletic media guides are printed by The Crete News.