University of Mount Union Sports Information Director and Assistant to the Athletic Director Lenny Reich has been named the recipient of the 2019 College Sports Information Directors of America Warren Berg Award as announced by the organization.
The Warren Berg Award is given to a college division (non-Division I) member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information, and who by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession. Berg was the long-time SID at Luther (Iowa) College and was the first SID from a College Division school to serve as CoSIDA President in 1963-64.
In his 11th year at Mount Union, Reich oversees all media relations, publications, marketing and public relations duties for the University's 24 NCAA Division III athletic teams while also assisting with a variety of administrative tasks within the athletic department. Since coming to Mount Union, he brokered a television broadcast deal with SportsTime Ohio, launched the most followed social media channels in NCAA Division III, spearheaded multiple redesigns of the athletic department website while promoting numerous student-athletes for national awards.
His work has earned the respect of his peers as he is the current president of D3SIDA (Division III Sports Information Directors Association), a past chair of the Ohio Athletic Conference SID Task Force and is a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-America national committee. He has served on the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Central Region Committee and part of the NCAA Sportsmanship and Game Environment Working Group, where he worked in conjunction with the Disney Institute to help design the "GameDay the DIII Way" program.
Reich has worked in college athletics for 22 years and was the SID at Capital University for eight years before coming to Mount Union. He also had SID stints at Marian (Wis.), Defiance and Centenary (N.J.) while serving as an assistant SID at the Gulf South Conference and an intern at Edinboro (Pa.).
His career in sports began as an undergraduate at Georgia Southern University, where he was the equipment manager for the Eagle baseball team, along with being a sports official and supervisor in the campus recreation and intramural sports office. While a student he also worked at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia, as a member of the logistics crew for beach volleyball.
A native of Erie, Pa., Reich, his wife Helen and daughter Caroline, reside in Alliance.
CoSIDA is comprised of more than 3,000 intercollegiate athletic communications and media relations professionals from colleges, universities and athletic conferences at all divisions of competition in the United States and Canada.
All CoSIDA Special Awards will be presented during the 2019 CoSIDA Convention in June at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
The CoSIDA Convention takes place June 9-12 and is held in conjunction with National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Affiliates Convention Week. This is the seventh year the CoSIDA Convention will be held in conjunction with the NACDA & Affiliates Convention.