Hobart and William Smith Colleges Director of Athletic Communications Ken DeBolt was presented with the 2018 Irving T. Marsh Award at this year’s Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) Workshop in Burlington, Vt.
The Irving T. Marsh Award is given annually to a University Division (Division I or II) ECAC-SIDA member who, in the opinion of the membership and Executive Board, has exhibited excellence in the field of sports information. The awards are presented annually at the spring workshop. First presented in 1966, the awards are named after Irving T. Marsh, the ECAC Service Bureau founder and director until his retirement in 1973.
A native of Geneva, N.Y., DeBolt has served as the director of athletic communications for Hobart and William Smith Colleges for 19 years. He oversees the promotion of 23 of the Heron and Statesmen intercollegiate teams. His office maintains the official athletics website, social media accounts, recruiting brochures and acts as a liaison between athletic departments and local, regional and national media. He maintains game, season and career statistics and serves as an athletics historian.
“This is a well-deserved recognition that reflects Ken’s deep commitment to athletics and to Hobart and William Smith,” said Hobart and William Smith Colleges Vice President for Communications Cathy Williams. “In a career dedicated to celebrating the achievements of others, the Marsh award is an opportunity to celebrate Ken’s contributions as well as the team he has built at the Colleges. He has the respect and admiration of his peers, and I am grateful for his teamwork, perseverance and integrity.”
“Ken is an invaluable member of our athletic communications team,” said Interim Director of Hobart Athletics Brian Miller. “The endless hours he pours into his work shine through, as evidenced by the product he produces. Hobart and William Smith Athletics are better today because of Ken.”
An active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and ECAC-SIDA, DeBolt served on the CoSIDA Committee on Committees from 1997 to 2010. He joined the CoSIDA Academic All-America committee in 2010. Additionally, his work on the Hobart football media guide has been recognized in the annual CoSIDA Publications Contest, earning fourth in the nation in 1999, 2001 and 2006.
“It’s a great tribute to Ken that he is recognized by his sports information colleagues with the Marsh award,” said Director of William Smith Athletics Deb Steward. “We have the great fortune to work with Ken every day and witness his commitment to our Herons and Statesmen. He takes pride in telling the stories of our teams through the ever-evolving technology, providing random historical stats and mentoring his team. We appreciate his teamwork and congratulate him on this recognition.”
DeBolt is also actively involved in the Geneva community. He has been a volunteer in the Geneva Fire Department for 25 years. He has served the C.J. Folger Hook & Ladder Company as a lieutenant and as a captain and has been a member of the Company’s board of directors. DeBolt has earned the company’s Firefighter of the Year Award seven times. He also has been a member of the Sons of the American Legion for more than 30 years.
In 2015, DeBolt was presented with CoSIDA’s Bob Kenworthy Community Service Award and, a year later, he received ECAC-SIDA’s Bob Kenworthy Award.