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Joe Seil, longtime athletic department administrator at Nazareth College, has been recognized as the 2011 recipient of the Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award, presented by the Eastern College Athletic Conference-Sports Information Directors of America (ECAC-SIDA). He will receive the award at the group’s annual awards dinner June 9 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center. The award is presented annually for contributions and dedications to, and in excellence in, the field of collegiate sports information.
Seil is in his 25th year as sports information director of Nazareth College, where he also serves as assistant athletic director. A native of Rochester, Seil was a sports writer for four years before taking over as SID at Nazareth in 1986. As a daily promoter of the college’s 23-team athletic program, Seil has won more than a dozen best-in-the-nation citations for publication excellence from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
He has served on local organizing committees for two ECAC-SIDA conventions (1999 and 2011) and one CoSIDA national workshop (2002) and has been invited to serve as a panelist at several national conventions.
His duties at Nazareth also include serving as chairman of the Sports Hall of Fame committee and as Master of Ceremonies for the annual induction dinner. He also has done play-by-play and color commentary for local radio broadcasts of Nazareth basketball and lacrosse.
Other experience includes working in the press tent at several major golf tournaments hosted at Oak Hill Country Club, including the 1990 U.S. Open, the 1995 Ryder Cup, 2003 PGA Championship and the 2008 Senior PGA Championship.
“Joe gives us his best everyday,” said Nazareth College Athletic Director Pete Bothner. “He has the respect of not only our entire staff, but of the athletic personnel of all the colleges that we compete against.”
Seil resides in the Rochester suburb of Brighton with his wife, Judy and sons Tim and Andy.
Since 1967, the Irving T. Marsh Award has been presented to ECAC-SIDA Sports Information professionals who have made exceptional contributions to the profession during their careers.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.