Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chadron State College’s Alex Helmbrecht has been selected as the 2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference J.W. Campbell/Con Marshall Sports Information Director of the Year.
The award is voted on by the league’s 14 sports information directors. This is Helmbrecht’s first RMAC Campbell/Marshall SID of the Year award. Helmbrecht will be awarded his plaque at the 2014 RMAC Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony on Friday, July 11 at the Colorado Springs Marriott.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen by my peers as the Sports Information Director of the Year,” Helmbrecht said. “I enjoy collaborating with all the other SIDs in the RMAC and I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for their cooperative spirits and helpful attitudes.
To also have the opportunity to receive this award while my predecessor, Con Marshall, is being inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame is incredibly special. I cherish his friendship and share his passion for promoting all the wonderful things happening at Chadron State College.”
The 2013-14 season was Helmbrecht’s seventh with the Chadron State athletic department. He joined the Eagle staff following the retirement of Marshall in 2007.
As the Sports Information Director at CSC, Helmbrecht is responsible for the publicity, promotion and distribution of information for the Eagles’ 13 NCAA Division II athletic programs. He is also responsible for maintaining Chadron State’s athletic website, designing game programs and media guides, photography, game management and statistics and records.
“Alex is a seasoned veteran of the RMAC and he’s done great work his entire career,” said Chadron State athletic director Joel R. Smith. “It is wonderful to see he is being recognized for all his efforts promoting Chadron State College and its student-athletes.”
Helmbrecht is an active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America and has received several commendations for feature writing and event coverage from CoSIDA.
In 2013, a story Helmbrecht wrote about former men’s basketball player Christian McGhee was named the top Athlete Profile in District 7.
In all, Helmbrecht has claimed eight awards in the Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest, including five first-place awards. This past year, he successfully promoted CSC running back Glen Clinton to finalist status in the 2013 Harlon Hill Trophy race, the Division II equivalent of Division I’s Heisman Trophy competition.
Each year since 2011, he has been one of three finalists for the Campbell/Marshall Sports Information Director of the Year award.
Before working at CSC, he was a sports reporter at the Scottsbluff Star-Herald two years. While at the Star-Herald, Helmbrecht also worked as a photographer and page designer.
A native of McCook, Nebraska, Helmbrecht earned an associate of arts degree from McCook Community College in 2002 and a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from CSC in 2005.
During his time as a student at Chadron State College, Helmbrecht won several awards for his work on the student newspaper, The Eagle, and contributed to the 10th Street Miscellany. Helmbrecht also worked a year as an intern for the Chadron State sports information office as an undergraduate.
In this year’s vote of all 14 RMAC Sports Information Directors, Metro State’s Andy Schlichting came in second in voting for the award, while Western New Mexico’s Brian Kortz was third.
J. W. Campbell was a long-time sports information director at Western State. He was also the assistant to the Western State President, an assistant professor, teaching seven separate disciplines and was the school’s information director. He also co-authored two books and wrote numerous articles for magazines and trade publications. Campbell, who passed away in March 2000, was inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame in July 2007.
Con Marshall, who resigned from the sports information director’s post from Chadron State College in 2007 after 36 years, continues to assist in the promotions of Chadron State and its athletics programs, and he will be inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame on July 11.
A native of Chadron, Nebraska, and a CSC graduate, Marshall’s named was added to the award in 2007. He has received a 25-year award from the College Sports Information Directors of America and served on the Harlon Hill Award Selection Committee.
Past recipients of the J.W. Campbell/Con Marshall Award:
2014: Alex Helmbrecht, Chadron State
2013: Colin Bonnicksen, Colorado School of Mines
2012: Anthony Sandstrom, CSU-Pueblo
2011: Andy Schlichting, Metro State
2010: Peter Yazvac, Nebraska-Kearney
2009: Jeff Duggan, Colorado School of Mines
2008: Chris Day, Adams State College
2007: Doug Fitzgerald, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
2006: Peter Yazvac, Nebraska-Kearney & Chris Day, Adams State College
2005: Jason McCullough, Fort Hays State
2004: Greg Murphy, Colorado School of Mines
2003: Jeff Duggan, Regis University
2002: Chris Day, Adams State College