Congrats to University of Bridgeport sports information director Chuck Sadowski, who is being honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Way to go Chuck!
Here’s the CoSIDA story/release:
Chuck Sadowski of the University of Bridgeport has been chosen to receive his 25-year Award plaque from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in conjunction with the 2012 CoSIDA workshop at a June 24 awards luncheon in St. Louis.
Sadowski said of the award, “I really can’t see myself working in any other profession,” adding, “Being an SID has allowed me work all over the country and to meet folks that have become life-long friends. In my wildest dreams, I could have never imagined that that something that started out as basically as a way for me to make some extra money while I was getting a master’s degree in French Studies at New York University would become this wonderful career that I continue to enjoy.”
A veteran of 25 years in the sports information profession, Sadowski was named Director of Sports Information at the University of Bridgeport in late August of 2007. He came to UB after serving as the Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations at the East Coast Conference from September 2006 until the UB appointment. Prior to his time in the conference office, Sadowski was Director of Athletic Media Relations at the University of New Haven from January 2004 to June of 2006.
Jay Moran, Director of Athletics at the University of Bridgeport, said of Chuck, “He is a professional in every sense of the word. Chuck has a great relationship with the media and in our market that includes the Yankees, the Red Sox and the University of Connecticut, that is hard to do. His role as our SID has grown and he is an excellent representative for our institution with the media, his colleagues and within the University.”
“Chuck is one of the best around and he understands how to get coverage for our programs, while applying his skills and still learning to adapt to the changing technology as well,” concluded Moran. “He has played such an important role for UB with the NCAA and despite his 25 years in the business he has continued to improve by utilizing his old-school knowledge as an SID, while fine-tuning his skills as needed. Chuck is like a lineman and most certainly does not get the credit he truly deserves so I am thankful that he has received this award from CoSIDA.”
Sadowski served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information and Events at Austin College in Sherman, Texas from August of 1996 until January of 2004. He also served as the Director of Sports Information and Scheduling Coordinator at the University of Redlands from December of 1992 through August of 1996 and was Director of Sports Information at the University of Chicago from February 1987 to December of 1992. Sadowski began his career in athletic media relations as the graduate assistant SID at New York University in 1985.
“Chuck has been an outstanding colleague and friend and has done an outstanding job of serving his student-athletes throughout his career,” said Eric McDowell, Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at Union College. “He has been very active on a variety of CoSIDA committees, and one of the highlights of my career was when I got the news that he was selected to serve the board as a College Division Representative. I am so pleased for him, as well as Lisa, Laura and Sam, as he receives the 25-Year Award.”
An active member of CoSIDA, Sadowski completed a three-year term as an at-large College Division member of the organization’s Board of Directors in the summer of 2006. He also is currently a vice chair of the organization’s Committee on Committees. He has also worked on CoSIDA’s Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest and Charity committees. Presently, Sadowski also serves as the East Region Representative to DII-SIDA. He is also a member of ECAC-SIDA.
Chuck has worked in press services at many large events including serving as the Mixed Zone Manager for baseball at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, working at the track cycling and boxing venues at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City, working at the 2000 USA Olympic Track Cycling Trials in Frisco, Texas. He has also helped staff the 1997 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship plus several NCAA men’s and women’s basketball regionals, including the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Springfield, MA. He has also assisted with many NCAA events hosted by the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.
Sadowski assisted the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox in press services at the 2008 and 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Games plus work for the Yankees during the team’s World Championship run in 2009. He has also worked as a statistician and official scorer for the Texas Rangers Class AA affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders in 2003 plus was the official scorer for the Class A San Bernardino Spirit in 1993. Currently, Chuck serves as official scorer for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.
“I’ve worked at the Olympics, the World Series, two MLB All-Star Games plus too many NCAA events to count, and that would have never happened without being a member of CoSIDA,” Sadowski noted. “A 25-year award recognizes longevity and that’s really is a tribute to my family. Without the love and support of my wife Lisa and my children Laura and Sam, who had had to do without me for many things, I never would have reached this milestone.”
A 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in French with a concentration in European Studies, Chuck also received a master’s degree in French Studies in 1987 from New York University. He resides in West Haven, CT with his wife, Lisa, and daughter Laura, and son, Sam.