ROCKVILLE, Md. - Salisbury University Director of Sports Information Sam Atkinson has been named a PrestoSports Sixth Man award winner for the Spring 2008 season.
PrestoSports created the award to recognize the client who makes a significant contribution to the product or company. As PrestoSports has grown over the past six years, many of its advancements have been as a direct result of client input. Atkinson is the second-ever recipient of the award. WPI Assistant Director of Athletics Rusty Eggen garnered the first honor after the 2007-08 winter season.
"Since Salisbury partnered with PrestoSports, Sam's feedback has been invaluable to the company," PrestoSports Product Manager Robb Modica said. "Sam's attention to detail is second-to-none and comes across in everything he does. It's obvious that he has a passion for his work and that commitment comes through at www.suseagulls.com."
Atkinson has provided feedback on the integration of live statistics into the schedules and scoreboards both on the Salisbury site and throughout the PrestoSports Network. Since its launch (January 2008), Salisbury's site has been networked for scores, schedules and game links to the network. In addition, Atkinson has served as a resource for the continued development of the newsletter service - monitoring recipient successes across several platforms.
This is the second award for Atkinson this spring as he recently received a CoSIDA publication award. Atkinson and SU Publications Graphic Artist Ana Maldonado received first-place honors in the Division B-C, District 2, Spring Sports Poster category with their 2008 SU Softball poster entry. Last season, the Phoenix, Md., native was named the 2007 Inside Lacrosse Division III Women's Lacrosse Media Service Award recipient.
Atkinson just completed his second season at his alma mater (Class of 2000) as the Director of Sports Information. In the two years at the helm he has promoted all 21 varsity sports at SU on the Sea Gull Web site and through the local and regional media outlets. He has had the honor to cover 18 Capital Athletic Conference champions, 40 All-Americans, 12 teams and a dozen individuals who have made the NCAA tournament and the two-time defending national champion men's lacrosse program.
PrestoSports expects to announce its next award winner prior to the start of the fall seasons. Clients who offer feedback for new features, troubleshoot potential concerns with new technology and otherwise add to the network will be considered for the award.
PrestoSports, founded in 2002, is a leading provider of athletic content management software to colleges and conference offices. It markets solutions for website design and hosting, live stats, award management, merchandising, officiating and photo hosting.