JMU roundup: Wisecarver honored by VaSID

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The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) will present the organization’s Distinguished Service Award to two statewide legends in the field of athletic communications. Carol Hudson of Old Dominion University and Milla Sue Wisecarver, formerly of James Madison University, will receive the honor at VaSID’s annual meeting on June 5th at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

The award is given to individuals who have promoted college athletics and the concept of the student-athlete. The honor is bestowed only to professionals who have been a part of the athletic community as a coach, administrator or member of the media for a minimum of 20 years.

Carol Hudson has been the sports information director at Old Dominion University since 1984 and has been in the profession for over 30 years, working at Hampton for four years and as a graduate assistant at ODU prior to that. Hudson was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 2010.

Hudson is dedicated to his craft and goes above and beyond to promote his coaches, student-athletes and Old Dominion. He played a key role in the start-up of VaSID, and has twice served as president of the organization. Hudson has coordinated the annual Virginia Division I institution all sport competition for the past 26 years, which recognizes the school with the highest win-loss percentage. Thanks to his diligence, the all-sport winner is now recognized and presented an award from the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Hudson has also served on the CoSIDA board as a director, as president of the Black College Sports Information Directors, and has been a key member among the CAA sports information directors.

In 2013, the media room at the Ted Constant Center was named after Hudson in honor of his service at Old Dominion.

Milla Sue Wisecarver graduated from James Madison University in 1975 with a degree in communication arts and began working at the university almost immediately, earning a full time position within her first year. The Winchester native was the first full-time assistant hired at JMU, joining then-SID Rich Murray, who was recognized with the VaSID Distinguished Service Award last year.

Over the course of her 38-year career, Wisecarver has, at various points, been the primary contact for men’s soccer, men’s gymnastics, men’s archery as well as every women’s sport that JMU has fielded with the exception of softball (basketball, tennis, indoor/outdoor track and field, golf, volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving, archery, fending, cross country, gymnastics and equestrian).

A tireless worker with exemplary attention to detail and knowledge of the profession, Wisecarver has hosted numerous CAA Championships and, as a student, coordinated media coverage for the national women’s basketball championship (AIAW), which was played in JMU’s Godwin Hall in 1975. At the time of her retirement last year, she had been affiliated with the same women’s basketball team longer than any active SID in Division I.

Wisecarver also volunteered on the media and statistical crews for multiple Olympics and United States national competitions.

Previous Distinguished Service Award winners:

Bob McLelland, Roanoke Times
Marshall Johnson, Associated Press

Bill Snellenberger, Lynchburg College
Bob Moorman, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Paul Webb, Old Dominion University
Bill Deekens, Richmond News Leader

Bill Brill, Roanoke Times
Charles Christian, Norfolk State University
Dallas Shirley, Southern Conference

Weenie Miller, Hampden-Sydney College
Dr. Leotus Morrison, James Madison University

Millie West, College of William & Mary
Dean Ehlers, James Madison University
Vic Fulp, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Wayne Block, Christopher Newport University

Jack Williams, Virginia Tech

Doyle Smith, University of Virginia

Kevin Keys, Liberty University & West Virginia University
Col. Earl “Bud” Skeens, Ferrum College

Dr. Jim Jarrett, Old Dominion University

Rich Murray, University of Virginia
Dave Smith, Virginia Tech