BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College senior Candace Pacheco has been selected as the 2014 winner of the Bill Esposito Award, which is presented yearly by the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) to a graduating college senior who wishes to pursue a career in athletic communications.
The award, which has been presented yearly since 1996, is named to honor the memory of one of the true patriarchs of the sports information profession. Bill Esposito served as the Sports Information Director at St. John's University in New York for 25 years. He served as a past-President of ECAC-SIDA in 1972-73 and was the organization's Irving Marsh Award recipient in 1973. He was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1984. Bill Esposito passed away in 1995.
Pacheco, who is from Fall River, Mass., and went to B.M.C. Durfee High School, began working in sports information less than one month into her freshman year at Bethany College in the fall of 2010 and immediately became a critical part of the office's operations. She quickly learned how to perform all tasks involved in sports information, including serving as the primary statistician for men's and women's basketball for her first three years. Pacheco was the main statistician and contact on game days for soccer, volleyball and softball when the sports information director was at other events.
In addition to her game day duties, Pacheco was involved in every facet of office work. She did everything from design game programs and promotional flyers to work on media guides and write releases, including previews, recaps and award stories. She was heavily involved in the development of the Bethany athletic web site as well. During the year, she created/updated the majority of student-athlete profiles for all 22 athletic programs at Bethany. Prior to her junior year, Pacheco stayed on campus for most of the summer and created Facility pages on the web site for every program and updated all the records pages with new photos and links, as well as helping with all other preseason tasks to prepare the office for the upcoming year.
In her senior year, Pacheco expanded her experience in athletics by working on special projects. She did research on how to improve areas of the athletic department such as alumni outreach, development of the Athletic Hall of Fame and how to strengthen the College's intramural program.
Pacheco is involved in more than just sports information at Bethany. She is a three-year member of the Bison softball program, including the 2011 team that won the PAC championship. On campus, she served as president of Phi Mu for one year, while holding other leadership positions with the Greek organization during her time on campus. Pacheco’s leadership skills were also recognized when she was selected to participate in the 2013 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Providence, R.I.
Academically, as a Communications & Media Arts major (emphasis in Sports Media & Information) with a GPA above 3.5, Pacheco was active with numerous phases of the department, including working with the radio station and the video broadcast crew for classes. And as part of her major, she was required to complete an off-campus internship. Originally from Massachusetts, she earned a summer internship with the ECAC home office in 2013 and assisted with a number of projects and assignments to help wrap up the previous year and also prepare for 2013-14.
“I am so proud to see Candace earn this prestigious award because it’s due to her hard work and dedication,” said Brian Rose, who was a Sports Information Director for 15 years before being promoted to Director of Athletics & Recreation at Bethany in February of 2013. “The Esposito Award is in honor of a true legend in Sports Information and Candace’s work ethic, professionalism and overall skills embody what Bill brought to the profession. As well as she represented the Sports Information field as an undergraduate, receiving this award is just the start of an even brighter future for Candace.”
Pacheco will be honored along with the organization’s other award winners during the ECAC-SIDA Annual Workshop, which is scheduled for June 24-27 in Troy, N.Y.
ECAC-SIDA is one of the nation's largest sports information director associations, with member colleges and universities ranging from Maine to North Carolina in Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA schools and junior colleges.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.