CAC media relations officer Tom Di Camillo to receive CoSIDA’s Warren Berg Award on July 2
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Last year, Tom Di Camillo left his old life as sports information director at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and started a new life as the media relations officer for Central Arizona College.
But his sports information past quickly caught up to him. Di Camillo has been chosen by his peers to receive the most prestigious national award that can be given – the Warren Berg Award.
Di Camillo, who also serves in the part-time role of assistant commissioner of the Pacific West Conference, was chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to be the 2008 recipient.
The award is presented annually to a College Division member of CoSIDA who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of college sports information, and who by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.
The College Division consists of Division II, Division III, NAIA, junior colleges and Canadian schools. A similar award is presented to the University Division which consists of NCAA Division I programs.
The Warren Berg Award is the highest award in the nation for the sports information profession.
Di Camillo will receive the award in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, July 2, during the CoSIDA Annual Workshop. The honor will be presented to Di Camillo at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in the same room where Lin Laursen, the head women’s basketball coach at Central Arizona College, received the 2008 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NJCAA Coach of the Year honor on April 7.
Di Camillo is in his second year at the Pacific West Conference where he has helped promote the rebirth of the seven-team, 11-sport conference. As the assistant commissioner he coordinates the promotion of the PacWest's 11 sports, including baseball, which began as conference sport in 2008 at his encouragement.
He has been at Central Arizona College since January 2007 where he is responsible for publicizing the institution's nine campuses and centers that are located throughout Pinal County.
For more than 16 years Di Camillo coordinated all of the publicity for West Chester University’s 24-sport varsity athletic program as the Pennsylvania institution’s sports information director. He has been a sports information director at the NCAA Division II level for nearly two decades.
Di Camillo’s dedication to the profession, passion for Division II, and commitment to CoSIDA began in September of 1990 when he was named the director of sports information at his alma mater, at the age of 25.
As the SID at West Chester, Di Camillo was a one-person shop coordinating publicity for the second-largest NCAA Division II program in the nation. He was a founding organizer of the West Chester University Athletic Hall of Fame, taking a lead role in guiding its growth from its inception.
Di Camillo also developed, managed and actually broadcast an extensive schedule of athletic events over the Internet and on local radio of a variety of Golden Ram athletic events, including football, basketball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse. He also oversaw the redesign of the athletic logos and developed extensive e-mail distribution lists for the media and alumni to promote Golden Ram athletics.
While at West Chester, Di Camillo had the opportunity to host numerous NCAA II post-season events, including the NCAA Division II Lacrosse National Championship.
He is most proud of his student employees who created careers in the sports industry - Meaghann Schulte, formerly the assistant director of the Big 5; Dan Drutz, the assistant athletic director for media relations at Saint Peters (NJ); Tom Machamer, the assistant athletic director at Immaculata (Pa.) University; Sean Kane, a senior producer at Comcast Sports in Philadelphia; Leigh Matejkovic, the SID at Neumann (Pa.) College; Alison Luberski, formerly the assistant SID at American University in Washington, D.C.; and Michele Greth, former publicist for NASCAR drivers Sterling Marlin and Ryan Newman.
Di Camillo's commitment and belief in Division II athletics led to his developing the first e-mail distribution list for Division II sports information directors. He also created the first Division II Football Press Box List as a way to promote Division II football.
For more than a decade Di Camillo coordinated the annual Division II Sports Information Directors meeting at CoSIDA. The CoSIDA Board recognized his leadership skills and appointment him to a one-year term on the board as a College Division Representative in 2002-03. He then was chosen for a full three-year term from 2004-06.
Di Camillo has won several CoSIDA Writing Awards and served on the Workshop Committee Program for nearly a decade. From August of 2000 until June of 2006, Di Camillo was a part-time sports writer for Engle Publishing & Printing in Lancaster, PA, producing five weekly columns on high school athletic events in the region.
He also co-hosted the Chester County Sports Corner and served as the host of The Bill Zwaan Coach’s Show on 1420 AM WCOJ in Chester County, Pa.
From September of 1989 until arriving at West Chester University in September of 1990, Di Camillo was the sports editor for the Coatesville Record, a 7,000-circulation daily newspaper in Coatesville, Pa.
Di Camillo has brought his experience to Central Arizona College and its national-championship athletic programs. He helped expand Vaquero and Vaquera basketball broadcasts to several cities around Pinal County.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Di Camillo currently resides in Pinal County (Queen Creek/San Tan Area) with his wife, Lynette, and daughter, McKenna.