July 8th, 2019
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference announced July 3 that Bethel College’s Josh Booth has been named KCAC Sports Information Director of the Year.
Booth will be formally recognized at the Sport Management Conference, Aug. 6 at Avila University in Kansas City.
“This is truly an honor,” Booth said, “and one which I have been striving for in the last couple of years.”
As of July 1, Booth, who became Bethel’s first full-time SID in 2016, also assumed the position of Bethel assistant athletic director.
Since 2016, Booth has been the primary media contact, statistician and historian for the 15 Thresher sports.
In his three years at Bethel, he has earned multiple top-10 rankings in the NAIA-SIDA categories “Most Twitter Followers Gained,” “Most Instagram Followers Gained” and “Website Rating.” He won the 2018 Digital Media Contest for “Most Facebook Likes Gained.”
“I wouldn’t have been able to last in this profession past my first year if it wasn’t for the great group of sports information directors throughout the KCAC,” Booth said.
“There are a lot of deserving SIDs for this award in our conference,” he continued, “and it is amazing that the high talent level we have is equaled by an unselfish desire to help each other out.”
On campus, Booth’s duties include game-day setup and tear-down; athletics student workers’ pay traction; updating the website, www.bethelthreshers.com; live game-day stats; livestreaming all home games; social media updates; PA announcing; submitting all student-athlete awards at the conference and national levels; and coordinating the end-of-the-year Threshpy Awards banquet committee.
“There are people who show up to work and do what they are told within their job,” said Bethel Director of Athletics Tony Hoops. “Then there are people who invest everything they have each day into their job because it is their passion.
“Josh is that passionate individual, and is essentially the backbone of our athletic department. He is more than just our SID – Josh is a figurehead of Bethel athletics within our campus.”
At the conference level, Booth has helped stat the volleyball championship; livestreamed both the men’s and women’s cross-country championships; taken stats for the KCAC women's soccer quarterfinals; operated the shot clock for Championship Monday; and provided play-by-play commentary for several games at the softball tournament.
Nationally, Booth has provided play-by-play commentary for the NAIA softball opening-round games in Dodge City. He is a member of the NAIA Branding Committee and the CoSIDA Academic All-America New Media Committee, and was an NAIA-SIDA Webinar panelist.
“An SID’s primary focus has to be the promotion and betterment of the student-athlete experience, and I am lucky to do that right here for our students at Bethel College,” Booth said.
“I am also incredibly lucky to have a department of coaches who are bought into this mentality as well, and are creating a culture at Bethel that I think is enviable at many other campuses. I could not ask for better colleagues, or a better situation to be in.”
In athletics, Bethel competes within the 13-school KCAC, and the NAIA. For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com
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