NEW LONDON, Conn. – Jason Southard, Director of Athletic Media Relations and a member of the senior athletics staff at the Coast Guard Academy, was named President of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) at the conclusion of the annual Workshop in Valley Forge, Pa. on Friday.
Southard, a cornerstone of the Coast Guard Academy Department of Athletics, just completed his 22nd year at the Academy, and is the longest tenured Media Relations professional in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
"Jason's selection as President of ECAC-SIDA is an indication of both his equity as a professional in the sports information field and the respect he has earned in his distinguished career from his colleagues," said Tim Fitzpatrick, Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics. "He is a very accomplished performer and this selection shines a very positive light both on him and on the Athletics Division at the Coast Guard Academy. We all know he will do a great job in this important role."
Southard's career began as sports information director at Albertus Magnus College in 1993 where he worked for one year before being named the assistant sports information director at his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University in 1994 before coming to the Academy in the summer of 1995.
He oversees the day-to-day publicity of the Bears 25 intercollegiate sports, maintains the department's website, coordinates all the audio and video broadcasting of Bears athletic events over the internet as well as the football team's local radio broadcasting package.
"It's a tremendous honor to be named President of ECAC-SIDA, an organization I have been involved with for over 20 years," said Southard. "There have been several legends in the profession that are past presidents that have done an outstanding job over the years and I look forward to helping ECAC-SIDA continue to grow under my leadership this year."
Southard, a native of Seymour, Connecticut, holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Southern Connecticut State University, where he worked in the sports information office for four years.
He has been a part of the media relations staff at several NCAA championship events including numerous NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Regionals and three NCAA Division I Women's Final Fours as well as the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.
Southard has also worked nine NCAA Division I Men's Final Fours as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) convention staff handling public relations for events throughout the week such as the Reese's College All-Star Game and the Allstate/NABC Good Works Team Special Olympics Clinic.
He is a fixture at several Connecticut sporting events as he is in his 15th season as a member of the game day media relations staff for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA, being with the team since they moved the franchise to Mohegan Sun.
Southard is also a statistician for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) football and boys and girls basketball championships, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament each year at the Mohegan Sun Arena and the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.
The 2018 ECAC-SIDA Workshop will be held in June 5-8 in Burlington, Vt.