St. Louis, Mo. – Following the lead of its national championship football team, the Saint Xavier University Athletics Department earned another national title when its 2011 football media guide was named "Best in the Nation" when the 2011-12 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Publication Contests results were recently released in conjunction with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics-Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA) Workshop in St. Louis, Mo. It was the first time that the football media guide earned the top spot in the football brochure category since SXU started submitting media guides for the contest in 2003. In addition to the football media guide award, Saint Xavier University Athletics also claimed third place in the Combined Basketball Brochure category for the second straight year for its 2011-12 men's and women's basketball media guide.
"Having the NAIA's top ranked football media guide really holds a special place in my heart for two reasons," said Rob Huizenga, SXU's Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information. "The first is that the football brochure category is always such a competitive field and we have been so close over the past eight years, but never won. The other reason is that we were able to win in the same year as our amazing football team, so it is a great feeling personally to have the NAIA's best media guide representing the NAIA's top football team."
In the Multi-Sport Brochure contest, the Saint Xavier's final two media guides both earned top 10 recognition with the baseball/softball guide claiming sixth place and the fall sports guide earning ninth place. This year marks the third time that a SXU media guide was recognized as one of the NAIA's best with the men's and women's basketball media guide claiming top honors in back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006.