ORLANDO---Shelly Poe, Auburn Assistant Athletics Director of Media Relations, was presented the prestigious Arch Ward Award at the College Sports Information Directors of America annual convention on Friday.
One of the organizations’ highest honors, the award is presented annually by CoSIDA to a member from Div. I, who has made outstanding contributions in the field of sports information and through their activities bringing dignity and prestige to the profession.
“It is wonderful honor,” said Poe. “It makes you think about all the people who helped you over years and years of a very rewarding career. There are a many, great talented people in our profession, and to be singled out is overwhelming.”
Poe is currently CoSIDA’s 1st Vice-President and takes the reigns as the organization’s 2013-14 President at the end of this convention, becoming only the third female to hold the post.
Poe is beginning her second year at Auburn after five years working at Ohio State, which hired her in the summer of 2007 to promote the Buckeye football program. She worked at her alma mater, West Virginia University, in her hometown of Morgantown for 19 years prior.
She began her career more than 30 years ago as a high school student keeping the scorebook for West Virginia University women’s basketball and baseball games. She then became a student worker in the sports information office followed by a full-time assistant. She was named the school’s sports information director in 1987 at 24 to become the youngest person and the only female SID covering Div. I-A football at that time.
From 1987 to 2007, Poe worked with 14 bowl teams promoting finalists for the Heisman Trophy, Rimington, Outland, Doak Walker, Lombardi, Butkus and Nagurski Awards along with publicizing 47 NFL draft picks and 34 National Football Foundation scholar-athletes. Poe promoted nine consensus All-Americans at West Virginia, which had two in its history prior to her arrival.
She served as the official scorer for the 1996 Women’s Final Four in Charlotte, N.C., was the chief press officer for shooting sports at the 1987 Pan American Games and was the host media coordinator for the 2012 NCAA Rifle Championship.
Poe became the fifth female to be inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 2002 and received CoSIDA’s Trailblazer Award in 2012, presented annually to pioneers of the organization.