PSU Sports Information Director Kent Cherrington Receives Irving T. Marsh Service Award from ECAC Colleagues

June 14th, 2010 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
Longtime Plymouth State University Sports Information Director Kent Cherrington has been presented the 2010 Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award for the College Division by the ECAC-SIDA (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association).

PSU Sports Information Director Kent Cherrington
PSU Sports Information Director Kent Cherrington wins 2010 Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award for the College Division by the ECAC-SIDA (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors)

A 25-year veteran of the sports information profession, Cherrington is completing his 16th year as Director of Sports Information at PSU, overseeing the publicity of PSU’s 19 varsity teams. The prestigious Marsh Award is awarded annually to an ECAC-SIDA member who, in the opinion of the ECAC-SIDA membership and Executive Board, has exhibited excellence in the field of sports information.

“I am very honored and humbled to receive such a special award from my friends and colleagues in ECAC-SIDA, said Cherrington. “ It is certainly one of the highlights of my career. I am particularly proud to share the special evening with Jack Grinold and Bob Beretta. Jack was one of the first SIDs I met as a student back in 1981; and I spent many years working with Bob on the ECAC-SIDA board. The Sports Information profession has meant so much to me in my career, and both ECAC-SIDA and CoSIDA have been near and dear to my heart, so to receive such a prestigious award in my profession … I’m struggling to find the words to convey my pride and honor.”

An active member of CoSIDA and ECAC-SIDA, Cherrington has served on the Board of Directors for both organizations. He served eight years on the ECAC-SIDA Board (2000-08), including a term as President in 2006-07. He was on the CoSIDA Board for a three-year term (2006-09) and has served on CoSIDA’s Workshop Program Committee since 1995. He currently serves on the CoSIDA’s College Division Management Advisory Committee since its inception in 2008. Prior to working at Plymouth State, Cherrington served as the primary contact for 15 Division I teams at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1984-92.

He has worked NCAA and conference championships in more than two dozen sports, spanning Divisions I and III. In addition to his sports information duties, Cherrington spent eight seasons doing radio color commentary and play-by-play for Miami Redskin men’s ice hockey while also being heard as a pre- and postgame contributor for Miami football and basketball. He was also a part-time sportscaster at WGIR radio in Manchester, N.H.

As Miami’s Assistant SID, Cherrington was among the first in the nation to use in-game computerized statistics programs, beginning with basketball in the late 1980’s and football in the early 1990’s. He served as a beta-tester for the first versions of Stat Crew, helping the company roll out early versions of the product.

Cherrington brought his knack for pioneering technology to New Hampshire as Plymouth State’s SID. In the late 1990’s, he led PSU’s charge to develop one of the first comprehensive athletic department websites in the country.

Cherrington got his start as a student assistant in the SID office at the University of New Hampshire, followed by internships at both the University of Connecticut and his alma mater. A four-year member of the swimming and diving team, he graduated from UNH in 1983 with a degree in sports communication.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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