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Alves named Mid-South SID of the Year

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By Tommy Yankey

Campbellsville University’s Jordan Alves was honored last week as the Mid-South Conference’s Sports Information Director of the Year. According to a news release, the announcement was made at the conference summer banquet at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.

The award is voted on by conference sports information directors and is presented annually to the SID who has demonstrated outstanding service in the area of sports information to his institution, the Mid-South conference, and to the profession, as well as to the NAIA at the conference, regional and national levels.

“Congratulations to Jordan on winning the MSC Sports Information Director of the Year award,” said Rusty Hollingsworth, CU director of athletics. “He has worked very hard and moved our sports information office forward in a very short time. He works long hours and is always concerned that each of our teams and athletes are getting the coverage they deserve. He has developed into a fine young professional in his field.”

Alves, in his second year at the helm of all that is sports information at Campbellsville, has built a public relations footprint for Tiger athletics by championing an expanded social media presence as well as improving the www.campbellsvilletigers.com website.

Alves is a native of Lawrenceburg and joined the Campbellsville University athletic department in August 2013 as a graduate assistant. He was promoted to Sports Information Director on May 5, 2015.

“I am very fortunate to work with great coaches, staff and administrators on a daily bases,” said Alves. “I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the 40-plus coaches at CU that make my job easier day-in and day-out. I am thankful for Rusty Hollingsworth, Jim Hardy, Eric Ward and Chris Wells for their leadership in the CU athletics department and the Mid-South Conference. But this award would not be possible without the support and hard work from (assistants) Richard RoBards and Maggie Calvert this past year. I was fortunate to have two of the best photographers in the business and both will be dearly missed.”

In 2016-17, Campbellsville teams won five Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles while participating in 21 team national championships. The award is named after former University of the Cumberlands’ sports information director Bill Sergent, who served as the university’s SID for 24 years.

“Jordan is very deserving of this respective honor,”  said Mid-South Conference commissioner Eric Ward. “Jordan continues to excel in promoting Campbellsville and Mid-South Conference athletics. I’d like to say thank you and congratulate him for his service to Campbellsville and the Mid-South Conference.” 

Alves serves as the primary media contact for CU athletics and maintains the athletic website, CampbellsvilleTigers.com, and social media platforms – @CvilleTigers on Twitter and Instagram and Campbellsville Tigers on Facebook. Alves has helped build @CvilleTigers to be one of the most followed athletic department twitter handles in the NAIA.

He also helps coordinate special video, radio and TV productions for the athletic department, including being the host of  “Inside CU Sports” and the “Tiger Tailgate Show” getting fans ready for football kickoff on Saturdays on 88.7 The Tiger FM and WLCU-TV Comcast Channel 10. In his career, Alves has covered 23 Mid-South Conference championships in the previous four years, more than 60 NAIA or NCCAA national tournaments and six national championships.

In addition to his role as sports information director, Alves in a member of the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Campbellsville sports information department earned 10 awards in Alves’ first year as sports information director. Also in his first season as SID, Alves oversaw a website redesign of CampbellsvilleTigers.com in the summer of 2016.

In addition to his role as SID, he is a member of the CU Booster Club, Big Maroon Club, Homcoming Committee and Campbellsvillian Board of Directors. Alves also serves as an adjunct professor in the human performance department.

During his years as graduate assistant, Alves redesigned game day handouts, facilitated game day operations for football, soccer, basketball, softball, golf and baseball home events and created new web graphics. He also broadcasts Tiger baseball and softball games on the Campbellsville University Sports Network, 88.7 The Tiger.

From August 2014 to February 2015, Alves was the sports editor at the Greensburg Record-Herald in Greensburg, Ky. for seven months, covering two KHSAA State Championships, while working full-time in the CU athletic department.

Alves began his career at Campbellsville in 2009, playing on the Tiger baseball team. He played for two seasons and then took the role of student-assistant coach.

His main duties were head JV coach, recruiting assistant, developed scouting reports, assisting with camps, and coaching first base during games. He was a part of two Mid-South Conference regular season championships (2010 and 2011) and went on to the NAIA World Series Opening Round playoffs his first three seasons with the team.

During his time working on the staff, Alves was very involved with game day operations. He led the grounds crew in 2011 and 2012 during the MSC tournament and also handled sideline work during the men’s and women’s 2012-2013 basketball season by working the game clock and scoreboard for Tiger games.

Alves graduated from Campbellsville in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Sports Management and finished his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in May 2015.