Tommie SID gets two national writing awards

Tommie SID gets two national writing awards

CoSIDA news release


St. Thomas sports information director Gene McGivern has received two national awards for excellence in writing by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

McGivern was recognized with two of the seven overall Best in Nation awards in CoSIDA's Fred Stabley, Jr., Writing Contest. There were 454 entries in all seven categories.

McGivern won in the Blog category with an April 2016 essay for NCAA Division III Week titled "A Little Rust, A Lot of Character in DNA of D-III."

He also also topped the Season Preview/Recap category with his wrap-up of the 2015-16 UST Men's Basketball's national championship season titled "Psychology, Chemistry are Recipe for Success."

Another Division III SID -- Larry Happel of Central (Iowa) College -- won the Stabley National Story of the Year for his account of a homeless young man who bucked the odds and went on to compete in college wrestling.

The other four 2016 Stabley national winners came from the NCAA office in Indianapolis, as well as media relations offices at Notre Dame, Stanford and the Ivy League's Cornell.

In the 15-year history of the Stabley contest, McGivern's feature writing has been recognized with four Best in the Nation awards and six other Best in District awards.

He was one of seven 2013 overall national winners in 2013 for the Best Blog/Interview story with as essay titled "Division III is More About Scholars than Dollars."

His 2002 profile of baseball coach Dennis Denning was named that year's overall National Story of the Year.


Record Tenure

This fall McGivern will begin his 30th consecutive season working in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, as he was Sports Information Director and Cross Country Coach at nearby Augsburg College from 1988-94.

He's the first individual to serve for 29 years as a sports information director in the MIAC.

He oversees and handles media relations for each of St. Thomas' 22 varsity sports. He also contributes feature stories for the St. Thomas Magazine.

His "Gene's Blog" series on, highlighting St. Thomas, MIAC and Division III athletics, includes more than 450 column/blog stories posted since 2008.

McGivern received the Sid Hartman Award for media service in April 2016 by the Minnesota chapter of the National Football Foundation -- the lone SID honored in the six-year history of the award.