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May 31, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

AVCA honors SRU Sports Information Office

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The Slippery Rock University Sports Information Office and Bob McComas, director, have been presented the American Volleyball Coaches Association Atlantic Region Grant Burger Media Award.

The award is an honor intended to recognize members of the media who have been involved in the advancement of the sport of volleyball.

The award will be presented to McComas, now in his 12th year at SRU, who oversees the Sports Information Office's coverage of all 17 of SRU’s Division II athletic teams.

“On behalf of our Sports Information staff, in particular Tyler McIntosh, who served as our primary volleyball contact the last two years and Jon Holtz, assistant sports information director, I am truly honored to receive this award from the AVCA," McComas said. "It is extremely gratifying to have a national coaching organization with the history of the AVCA recognize us for doing a good job publicizing and promoting our volleyball student-athletes and coaches. We thank them for the honor.”

McIntosh, of Salineville, Ohio, earned his master's degree in parks and resource management from SRU at May’s commencement ceremonies. He handled all daily media relations responsibilities for covering the volleyball team, including writing daily and weekly releases, writing nominations for conference and national awards, compiling match, season and career statistics, updating the website and producing content for the GameDay Magazine.

McComas has served an integral role in promoting and securing sponsorships for the annual Dig for the Cure match, which raises money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to battle breast cancer. This year's event raised $1,300, bringing the six-year total to more than $20,000. McComas secured sponsorships from the Butler Health System and Microtel Inn & Suites in Grove City for the 2011 event.

McComas joined the Slippery Rock University University Public Relations Office in 2000 after serving 15 years as a sports writer and assistant sports editor at The Bradenton [Fla.] Herald. He began his career in sports information in 1982.

McComas is a regional representative of the Division II Sports Information Directors Association, serves as the president of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference sports information directors and president of the Lion's Club in Slippery Rock.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.