Brent Musburger, Dick Vitale and Lee Corso are names fans of college sports are familiar with because of their knowledge and passion for the game.
However, the people that make those great talents so knowledgeable are relatively unknown to people outside the business of college athletics. These people work countless hours researching and assembling statistical information for members of the media. The profession is that of the sports information director.
One of the legendary sports information directors is Henderson State alumnus Fred Nuesch who will be inducted into the Reddie Hall of Honor on Oct. 11, 2008 in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Nuesch along with eight other inductees will be part of 106 members that have been inducted into the Reddie Hall of Honor since its inception in 1997.
The event will coincide with Henderson State’s football game against Valdosta State scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.
Tickets for this year’s event are $15. Reservations can be made by contacting the Henderson State athletic department at 870-230-5161. Reservations can be made up until October 9.
Nuesch’s astonishing career spans over 50 years beginning as a student SID at Henderson State in 1956 when he arrived to the Arkadelphia campus. Nuesch also served as editor of the HSU campus newspaper for four years, while also working on the yearbook staff. A member of the Phi Lambda Chi fraternity Nuesch earned a degree in English from Henderson in 1960.
Nuesch went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Missouri before returning to his home state to write for the Malvern Daily Record and the Arkansas Democrat.
The Malvern, Ark. native then served briefly in the Arkansas Air National Guard before moving to Paris, Texas where he wrote for the Paris News from 1964 to 1968. Missing working with collegiate athletes and coaches, Nuesch returned to sports information field in 1968 when he joined the staff at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Nuesch served as the assistant athletic director and media relations coordinator at Texas A&M-Kingsville for 35 years covering Javelina athletics along with numerous other sporting events.
With his knowledge of sports, Nuesch was called upon to work as the night manager of the Main Press Center at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He also served as press officer at several Olympic Festivals, Goodwill Games, and at the World University Games.
In 1985, Nuesch was named the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Warren Berg Award recipient which is presented to a CoSIDA member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information, and who by his or activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.
In 1991 Nuesch was honored by his Alma Mater receiving the Henderson State Distinguished Alumnus Award. Nuesch was presented the Arch Ward Award in 1996 recognizing him as the SID of the Year.
In 2002 Nuesch was honored with the CoSIDA Distinguished Service Award and in 2006 the CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nuesch served as CoSIDA secretary for 23 years, was a recipient NCAA Division II Extra Mile Award, NAIA SID of the Year, and he has received the NAIA Award of Merit twice.
For his devotion to college athletics and the sports information profession, Nuesch has been inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, Javelina Hall of Fame, Paris Junior College Hall of Fame and the most notable and prestigious CoSIDA Hall of Fame.
Nuesch is also a member of several civic organizations and is past president of the Kingsville Rotary Club and is a board member of the Navy League of Kingsville.
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