Monday, April 08, 2013
SC State University’s long-time sports information director William “Bill” Hamilton, who is retiring June 30, 2013, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He will be honored on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at noon during the annual COSIDA Convention which will take place in Orlando, Fla. With almost 40 years in the sports information field, Hamilton is extremely excited to be receiving such a prestigious honor.
“I am quite honored and humbled to be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from CoSIDA. Being recognized by your peers and colleagues is always special. For me the recognition kind of puts a bow on my long career at SC State, a career that has been most enjoyable and rewarding,” exclaimed Hamilton.
COSIDA has over 2900 athletic communications professionals as members who represent all divisions of athletic programs in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those individuals who have served at least 25 years in the sports information profession, and who are retiring or leaving the profession.
Joe Hornstein, CoSIDA president, describes Hamilton as “a most deserving individual.” Hamilton has previously been honored several times by the organization for outstanding contributions to the profession. In 2005, he received the Trailblazer Award, in 2009 he received the Arch Ward Award and was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame class of 2009, and in 1998, he was presented the Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award. William “Bill” Hamilton is in his 39th year as sports information director at SC State University in Orangeburg, SC. He is the only full-time sports information director in the university’s history. Hamilton began his career at SC State in July 1973.
A Baltimore, Md. native, Hamilton grew up in Chesterfield, S.C. where he attended public schools and earned a diploma from the former Gary High School. He earned a bachelor’s in English Language and Literature at SC State in 1973, and received a Master of Education degree from the Orangeburg institution in 1979. He did further study at New York University.
Hamilton has earned numerous professional awards during his long career, In addition to his awards from from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the SC State alumnus has received the All-American Football Foundation Scoop Hudgins Outstanding Sports Information Director Award, and the Black College Sports Information Director Association Cal Jacox-Champ Clark Award. In February of 2011, he was featured by ESPN.com during Black History Month, and his latest accolade came in May of 2012 when he was received the Herman Helms Media Excellence Award from the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
He is enshrined in the MEAC Hall of Fame, The CoSIDA Hall of Fame, the SC State Athletic Hall of Fame and the SC State Physical Education Hall of Fame. In addition, Hamilton was named Staff Employee of the Year at SC State in 1999, a National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education(NAFEO) Distinguished Alumnus in 2005, and was designated a Stellar Alumnus on the SC State National Alumni Association’s 2010 calendar.
In addition, he has been a longtime pollster for both the Sheridan Broadcasting Network (SBN) and The Sports Network (TSN) and served nine years on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Four Media Coordination Committee.
Hamilton is a member of the Greater Orangeburg Alumni Chapter of SC State and a Life Member of the SCSUNAA. He is also a member of several professional and civic organizations and is actively involved in his community. He was the longtime board chairman of the Orangeburg Attention Homes, Inc., former board member and executive committee member of the SC State Employee Association (SCSEA) and current president of the Orangeburg chapter, former board member and local chapter president of the Alston Wilkes Society, and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Hamilton continued to say that his career as the sports information director at SC State University has been very rewarding and full of highlights. To name a few, he mentioned some of the milestones that stood out over the years.
“I was in Fargo, N.D. when the women’s basketball team beat Dayton to win the AIAW (Association in Athletics for Women) Div. II National Championship in 1979; I was in San Juan, Puerto Rico when the men’s basketball team won the San Juan Shootout during the 1988-89 season and later captured the school’s first MEAC tournament title which put SC State in the “Big Dance” for the first time in 1989,” said Hamilton. He also mentioned the football team’s 17-0 victory over Furman in the 1982 Division I-AA (now the Football Championship Subdivision) and when Coach Willie Jeffries was named “Coach of the Year” by The State Newspaper in 1974. Also among his most rewarding experiences at the University, he named the induction of three SC State University football legends -- Donnie Shell, Harry Carson and Coach Willie Jeffries -- into the College Football Hall of Fame and Carson being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the women’s track team’s 1982 AIAW championship and the football team’s capture of four National Black crowns (1976, 1980, 1994 and 2009).