Union College Director of Campus Communications Jay Stancil recently was recognized for his tenure as the president of the NAIA Sports Information Directors of America (NAIA-SIDA) at the organization’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.
Stancil served the NAIA-SIDA President from 2011-14. He was the first to serve a three-year term since the organization’s first president Jack Bell from 1964-67.
“Jay has taken our profession to a whole new level in his role as NAIA-SIDA President,” said Cindy Potter of Columbia College (Mo.), the new NAIA-SIDA President. “He has moved us into a strategic communicator role and made a significant impact on getting our message spread. Our role has always been to support and promote the student-athlete, and with the work that Jay has done over his three years as president, he has given us the opportunity to do that on a bigger scale.”
During his time as president, Stancil became the first sports information director to serve a full three-year term as a member of the NAIA’s National Administrative Council (NAC), the organization’s governing body. He also represented NAIA-SIDA at the NAIA Council of Presidents meetings.
Among his work on the NAC, he along with the rest of the NAIA-SIDA Board of Directors crafted a SID White Paper to help encourage and education NAIA institutions on the importance of staffing and supporting a sports information office.
Stancil pushed for and saw the creation of the NAIA SID of the Year Award, which is designed to honor the top sports information director in the nation annually. The first honoree will be announced early this fall. As a by-product of this award, every conference in the NAIA now has awards a SID of the Year in their league.
In addition, the NAIA-SIDA provided numerous continuing education webinars during Stancil’s presidency, including seven during the 2013-14 academic year.
“It has been a pleasure and honor to have served as president for the past three years,” said Stancil. “To see how NAIA-SIDA has grown has been amazing to be a part of. A lot has been accomplished during my time as a president, but this has been a team effort. None of this would have been possible without the outstanding people who have served with me on the board as well as the guidance and assistance from Chad Waller and Alan Grosbach of the NAIA national office.”
Potter added, “(Jay) has left some big shoes to fill, so I am excited that he will continue to advise me over the next three years as he moves into the Past President role.”
Stancil has been a member of the NAIA-SIDA Board since 2005, elected twice as a three-year at-large representative in 2005 and 2008. In 2009, he was elected to the officer’s rotation as the first vice president in 2009, eventually becoming the president in 2011.
Stancil served as Union’s Director of Sports Communications since August of 1999 before becoming the Director of Campus Communications in May. In 2010, Stancil received the Clarence "Ike" Pearson Award, which is the NAIA-SIDA's highest honor and recognizes its honoree for accomplishments and service performed over a career. He was the 34th person to earn this distinction.