Rob Huizenga spent 14 years as SXU's SID
Rob Huizenga spent 14 years as SXU's SID
SXU - Tue, Jul. 11, 2017

CHICAGO – After a 14-year stint as the school's sports information director and the last seven in an upper athletics administration role, the Saint Xavier University Athletics Department announced Tuesday that Associate Athletics Director for Sports Information Rob Huizenga has resigned from his position at SXU to accept a similar position at Purdue University-Northwest (Ind.).  Huizenga has helped the Saint Xavier Athletics Department secure a large amount of media exposure around the Chicago area as well as regionally and nationally since joining the University in 2003.  In December 2009, SXU Athletics was featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune Sunday sports section with a two-page article highlighting the tradition of success the department had built as a whole.  His efforts have also helped numerous student-athletes garner national awards and recognition, including four CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year awards, the Fred Mitchell Award, a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete National Finalist and multiple NAIA National Player of the Year awards to name a few.

"This was an extremely tough decision to make, because I have sincerely enjoyed my career at Saint Xavier University," said Huizenga.  "There are so many amazing people here, especially in the athletics department, and it is hard to leave the family atmosphere that I've grown accustomed to here.  I'm very excited about my new opportunity at Purdue-Northwest and can't wait to get started.  I wish Saint Xavier University Athletics nothing but the best as we both move forward."
 
On September 15, 2014, Huizenga earned the inaugural NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year for his work during the 2013-14 school year.  He was also named the 2013-14 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Sports Information Director of the Year in June of that same year.  Huizenga was part of the Saint Xavier University Relations team that won a Golden Trumpet Award in May 2010 in the "Video News Releases and Films" category for its work with the 2009 SXU Cougars football team.  The Golden Trumpet Awards is the premier awards competition for Chicago's public relations and communications professionals.  In addition, Huizenga has had multiple publications cited by the NAIA with "Best in the Nation" awards, including the 2005 and 2006 versions of the combined basketball media guide as well as the 2012 and 2013 versions of the football media guide.    
 
"It was 14 years ago that I interviewed Rob Huizenga for our sports information director position," said Hallberg.  "After hiring him, I knew that we had an outstanding addition.  However, Rob took it to the next level during his career by winning the first-ever NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year, getting our department a huge article on the front page of the Chicago Tribune's sports section and helping our student-athletes win so many national awards.  He will be extremely tough to replace, but we have already begun the process for finding his replacement.  Rob will be sorely missed not only around Saint Xavier Athletics but across the University too.  We wish him nothing but the best in his future venture."
 
Saint Xavier University will begin a nationwide search for Huizenga's replacement immediately.