SC State’s Bill Hamilton to be Recognized at MEAC Tourney

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

NORFOLK, V.A. - South Carolina State University retired sports information director (SID) William P. Bill Hamilton will be recognized as a 2020 Distinguished Alumnus of the university by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) on Thursday, March 12, during the league’s annual basketball tournament at The Scope arena.

Hamilton, and an alumnus from each of the league’s institutions, will be honored during an on-court ceremony at halftime of Thursday’s 8 p.m. semifinal contest. The group is being recognized for notable accomplishments at their respective universities.

It will be the second such honor in three weeks for Hamilton, who retired in 2013 after an almost-forty-year career as the Bulldogs’ sports publicist. The Bulldog alumnus, who was the first full-time sports information director in the university’s history, received the SCSU Outstanding Achievement and Accomplishment Award during its Feb. 23 Founders Day Convocation.

Hamilton began his career at SC State in July of 1973 as a public information specialist in the Public Relations Office before being named SID two years later. Upon his retirement in 2013, the press box at the O.C. Dawson Stadium on the campus was named in his honor.

A Baltimore, Maryland native, he grew up in Chesterfield, South Carolina, where he attended public schools and earned a diploma from the former Gary High School. Hamilton 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, distinguished career, including the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award, the CoSIDA Trailblazer Award and the CoSIDA Arch Ward Award. Other awards the SC State alumnus received included the All-American Football Foundation Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID Award, the BCSIDA Cal Jacox-Champ Clark Award. In February of 2011, he was featured by during Black History Month. In May of 2012, he 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 NAFEO (National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education) Distinguished Alumnus in 2005, and was designated a Stellar Alumnus on the SC State National Alumni Association’s 2010 calendar.

He was a longtime pollster for both the Sheridan Broadcasting Network (SBN) and The Sports Network, (TSN) and is currently a pollster for the STATS FCS rankings. He also served nine years on the 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 Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Orangeburg, where he is a trustee, usher and a reporter for the church newsletter, as well as a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.