Hamilton To Be Honored By His Peers

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: June 9, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — William “Bill” Hamilton, the Sports Information Director at South Carolina State University, has been named the Arch Ward Award winner by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The award is presented annually to a CoSIDA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of college sports information and who, by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.

Hamilton is in his 36th year as sports information director at South Carolina State, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1973 and a master’s in 1979.

He was named Staff Employee of the Year at SC State in 1999, inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and earned the NAFEO Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006.

Hamilton, who served on the NCAA Men’s Final Four Media Coordination Committee from 1999 to 2007, earned a CoSIDA Excellence in Writing citation in 1989, and received the Black College Sports Information Directors Association (BCSIDA) Cal Jacox-Champ Clark Award as the top SID at a historically black college.

A past president of BCSIDA who has served on various CoSIDA committees, Hamilton was a member of the CoSIDA Board of Directors from 1993-96 and has attended every CoSIDA workshop since 1974.

A CoSIDA member for 35 years, he has earned multiple honors, including the CoSIDA Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award (1998) and the CoSIDA Trailblazer Award (2005). He has also received several CoSIDA publication and writing awards during his long tenure at his alma mater.

In 2005, Hamilton received the All-American Football Foundation’s Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID Award. Most recently, Hamilton was among five inductees into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in a ceremony that took place on March 12, 2009.

Over more than three decades at SCSU, Hamilton has distinguished himself as an able and versatile administrator, as well as an excellent writer. He has provided feature articles and game stories for various newspapers and magazines in an effort to bring awareness to the achievements and accomplishments of SCSU’s athletics program.

Hamilton, a 1967 graduate of the former Gary High School in Chesterfield, S.C., has promoted numerous athletes who have gone on to distinguish themselves in the National Football League and other professions including Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson (New York Giants) and NFL standouts Robert Porcher (Detroit Lions), Donnie Shell (Pittsburgh Steelers), Charlie Brown (Washington Redskins), Edwin Bailey (Seattle Seahawks), Dwayne Harper (Seattle Seahawks), William Judson (Miami Dolphins) and Dextor Clinkscale (Dallas Cowboys).

Hamilton has also mentored a number of SCSU students who have gone on to positions at other colleges and universities and in the professional ranks, including five currently — Corey Bowdre (Boston Red Sox), Avis Roper (New York Giants), Ted Crews (St. Louis Rams), Damon White (Urban Sports Marketing and Entertainment) and Brad Gillens (Florida Citrus Bowl).

In addition to being recognized for the Arch Ward Award, Hamilton will also be honored at this year’s CoSIDA convention as an inductee into CoSIDA’s Hall of Fame. Hamilton, a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., is involved in a number of civic and community endeavors.