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Hamilton to be honored at S.C. State
South Carolina State University’s long-time sports information director William “Bill” Hamilton, who is retiring June 30, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
He will be honored June 13 at noon during the annual CoSIDA Convention which will take place in Orlando, Fla.
With almost 40 years in the sports information field, Hamilton is extremely excited to be receiving such a prestigious honor.
“I am quite honored and humbled to be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from CoSIDA,” he said. “Being recognized by your peers and colleagues is always special. For me, the recognition kind of puts a bow on my long career at S.C. State, a career that has been most enjoyable and rewarding.”
CoSIDA has over 2,900 athletic communications professionals as members who represent all divisions of athletic programs in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those individuals who have served at least 25 years in the sports information profession, and who are retiring or leaving the profession.
Joe Hornstein, CoSIDA president, describes Hamilton as “a most deserving individual.”
Hamilton has previously been honored several times by the organization for outstanding contributions to the profession. In 1998, Hamilton was presented the Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award. After receiving the Trailblazer Award in 2005, he won the Arch Ward Award and was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame class of 2009.
A Baltimore, Md. native, Hamilton grew up in Chesterfield where he attended public schools and earned a diploma from the former Gary High School. He earned a bachelor’s in English Language and Literature at S.C. State in 1973 and received a Master of Education degree from the Orangeburg institution in 1979. In July 1973, Hamilton was hired as S.C. State’s first SID and has remained in that role for 39 years in overseeing numerous milestones.
“I was in Fargo, N.D. when the women’s basketball team beat Dayton to win the AIAW (Association in Athletics for Women) Division II National Championship in 1979,” he said. “I was in San Juan, Puerto Rico when the men’s basketball team won the San Juan Shootout during the 1988-89 season and later captured the school’s first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament title which put S.C. State in the “Big Dance” for the first time in 1989.”
He also mentioned the football team’s 17-0 victory over Furman in the 1982 Division I-AA (now the Football Championship Subdivision) and when Coach Willie Jeffries was named “Coach of the Year” by The State Newspaper in 1974. Also among his most rewarding experiences at the University, he named the induction of three S.C. State University football legends – Donnie Shell, Harry Carson and Coach Willie Jeffries – into the College Football Hall of Fame and Carson being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the women’s track team’s 1982 AIAW championship and the football team’s capture of four black college football national titles (1976, 1980, 1994 and 2009).
In addition to his awards from CoSIDA, the S.C. State alumnus has received the All-American Football Foundation Scoop Hudgins Outstanding Sports Information Director Award and the Black College Sports Information Director Association Cal Jacox-Champ Clark Award.
In February 2011, he was featured by ESPN.com during Black History Month and his latest accolade came in May of 2012 when he was received the Herman Helms Media Excellence Award from the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
He is also enshrined in the MEAC Hall of Fame, The CoSIDA Hall of Fame, the S.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame and the S.C. State Physical Education Hall of Fame.