DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Embry-Riddle Sports Information Director Alison Smalling has been named the 2013-14 Sun Conference Sports Information Director of the Year in the inaugural presentation for the award. Smalling was chosen for the honor by the league's sports information personnel and will advance to the NAIA SID of the Year ballot.
Smalling, who has held the SID position at Embry-Riddle for seven years, graduated from Embry-Riddle in 1996 with a degree in Aviation Business Administration before earning her Master's degree in Aeronautical Science from ERAU in 1998. The Mandeville, Jamaica native began her sports information career as the Eagles' Assistant Sports Information Director before being named Sports Information Director in 2007.
Smalling is in charge of sports information and communication for all 18 of Embry-Riddle's athletic teams and oversees a staff of two full-time Assistant Sports Information Directors and an intern, as well as numerous student photographers, videographers and play-by-play personnel.
During Smalling's time at Embry-Riddle, the Sports Information Office has captured 37 NAIA publications awards, including eight Gary Spitler Excellence in Publications honors (six consecutive (2009-14). Smalling has also had several publications honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
"Alison is a very soft spoken and humble person," Embry-Riddle Director of Athletics John Phillips said of Smalling. "She rarely takes credit for the great work that she and her team produce. Alison has always represented Embry-Riddle at the absolute highest level."
In addition to providing coverage for the Eagles, Smalling doubles as The Sun Conference Sports Information Director, handling the many duties of the conference's SID, including oversight of preseason polls, All-Conference nominating and voting, Athlete of the Week awards and much more.
"I applaud our members' sports information personnel on their excellent decision of Alison as The Sun Conference SID of the Year," Mark Pope, Sun Conference Commissioner commented on Smalling's honor. "During my tenure as Commissioner, Alison has been a great asset to our Conference and has always provided excellent and timely information on all of our sports. We are a better organization because of Alison's tireless efforts."
Smalling's contributions to the sports information profession doesn't stop with Embry-Riddle or The Sun Conference, but extends to the NAIA and NCAA as national organizations. Smalling recently wrapped up her second year on the NAIA-SIDA board and has served in numerous capacities at national tournaments and championships. Smalling has spent time working at the NCAA Baseball College World Series, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Old Spice Classic, NAIA Baseball World Series, NAIA II Men's Basketball Tournament, NAIA Men's Golf Championships, NAIA Women's Golf Championships, NAIA Men's Tennis Championships, NAIA Women's Tennis Championships, NAIA Men's Soccer Championships and NAIA Women's Soccer Championships.
Smalling has served as the host SID for both the Men's and Women's Soccer National Championships as well as the NAIA Men's and Women's Golf Championships.
Smalling has covered two team national championships in her tenure at Embry-Riddle, including the 2000 NAIA II Men's Basketball title won by the Eagles and the 2013 NAIA Men's Tennis national crown. Additionally, Smalling has had two student-athletes named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans of the Year in Katrina Morgan (2008) and Kristina Marova (2014).
"What distinguishes Alison as an SID is that she truly cares about people," Embry-Riddle Head Women's Soccer Coach Samantha Bohon said. "Alison goes beyond the press box and gets to know the people behind the stories and athletic performances. She is a relentless worker who loves working with student-athletes."