Poe Joins CoSIDA Hall

West Virginia University sports information director Shelly Poe has been selected to the College Sports Information Directors Hall of Fame. She will be formally inducted July 5 in Nashville, Tenn.

Poe has served in the sports information office at West Virginia since she was a student at WVU from 1981-85. She moved into an assistant role after graduating in 1985 and became the sports information director in 1988 at age 23, the only woman in the country at that time to be SID at a Division I football school.

Poe's first year as SID was the 1988 undefeated football season and national championship game in the Fiesta Bowl. Also in her first year, she publicized WVU's nationally ranked basketball team that turned in the nation's longest winning streak (22 games) and reached the NCAA tournament.

Since 1988, she has publicized 12 bowl teams at WVU, four consensus All-Americans, 63 all-BIG EAST performers, 45 NFL draft picks, and finalists for the Heisman, Lombardi, Butkus and Nagurski awards. Her innovations in publicizing WVU football to television networks broadcasting WVU games have earned her praise and acclaim from network announcers and producers across the country and have changed the way SIDs help prepare a television broadcast team for a game.

In her more than 20 years at WVU, Poe has publicized every varsity sport at some point, and has been the main media relations contact in her tenure for men's basketball, women's basketball, gymnastics, baseball, tennis and volleyball. She has coordinated countless NCAA and conference events hosted by the Mountaineers and has worked with conference and tournament championship teams as well as NCAA, Sweet 16 and national champion individuals at West Virginia.

Poe is a past president of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and has worked both the men's and women's Final Fours, the Orange Bowl and the Pan-American Games.

Poe was a member of the CoSIDA Board of Directors from 1999-2003 and rewrote and updated the entire CoSIDA Constitution. She is a former vice chair of both the radio/TV liaison committee and the publications committee. Poe currently serves on the BIG EAST football scholar-athlete board and is a member of the district selection committee for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Poe's work has been recognized by contributing to 43 CoSIDA award-winning publications, 11 national and district CoSIDA citations for writing excellence and was a 2001 inductee into the distinguished Mountain Honorary at WVU.

An author of four books, she is a graduate of University High School in Morgantown and a 1985 magna cum laude journalism graduate of WVU and the Honors Program. She was recognized in this year's National Merit Scholars annual report as one of the program's outstanding alumni.

She becomes just the second WVU graduate, fourth BIG EAST representative and fifth woman ever to be selected to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame since 1969.

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