Provided by the American Midwest Conference Sports Information Office
MAYFIELD, Ky. – Tim Shay, former Sports Information Director at Mid-Continent University (Ky.), has been named American Midwest Conference Sports Information Director of the Year, a unanimous nod from his peers in sports information offices across the AMC.
The award is voted upon by SIDs from each AMC member institution, and for Shay, it's his second conference SID of the Year designation, also winning the award in 2013 during MCU's last season in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
"Tim is our award winner because of his professionalism, but what put him over the top was his heart and selflessness when it came to his student-athletes," said Park University's Steve Wilson, who serves as the AMC's Co-Information Director alongside Columbia College's Cindy Potter. "Working at MCU was difficult from about the middle of our conference basketball season through the end of the year, but you wouldn't have known it unless you really made Tim talk about it. Instead, it was always about his student-athletes. That's the kind of professional Tim Shay is."
Shay completed his third year at MCU in 2013-14, coming from Trevecca Nazarene University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 2007. At MCU, Shay facilitated MCU local television broadcasts for basketball, baseball and softball on WK&T sports and was the facilitating force behind MCU's online broadcast efforts at www.midcontinentcougars.com, which included a Stretch Internet platform that carried contests for all six athletic programs at MCU.
He was also the school's play-by-play announcer, and one of his crowning achievements in the media relations realm was a feature on Stephanie Malone, who eclipsed 1,000 career points and rebounds in 2014, earning a story on NBC affiliate WPSD in Paducah, Ky.
Shay's peers describe him as a giving professional, who is always ready to pitch in when asked. In his nomination letter of support, Missouri Baptist University's Brad Cygan called Shay a person who "is talented, selfless and committed to the profession unlike any other (Cygan has) had the opportunity to work with."
Cygan went on to say that Shay "is now a great friend" and would not want to be recognized because of a situation. However, Cygan said, "there is no finer representative of the profession, and the NAIA Five Core Values, than Tim Shay."
In addition to his duties for his own institution, Shay provided play-by-play when MCU visited throughout the conference, a service that allowed host-institution staff to move forward with other tasks on gameday. He was also part of the communications team during the 2014 American Midwest Conference Baseball Tournament in Springfield, Ill., which provided official scoring and play-by-play broadcasts at www.amcsportsonline.com at a time when MCU had already ended its athletics programs.
"Brad's letter sums up the way we all feel about Tim," Wilson added. "Tim is just selfless. There's no other word I can add that says it better. He's the kind of guy you want on your side, and we're sad that MCU isn't a part of this conference, as a group, because it means we lose Tim Shay. I can tell you that we are doing everything we can to help him land a position and keep him in the NAIA. He's just that good, and as a group the AMC sports information directors want to continue our friendship and alliance with Tim. The next institution that calls him part of its family will be better for it."
Mid-Continent University officially shut its doors June 30. The AMC will welcome two new members – Lindenwood University-Belleville and St. Louis College of Pharmacy – joining Benedictine University at Springfield, Columbia College, Freed-Hardeman University, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Harris-Stowe State University, Lyon College, Missouri Baptist University, Park University, Stephens College, William Woods University and Williams Baptist College to total 13 member institutions in 2014-15.
The conference, under the direction of newly named commissioner Will Wolper, will host its annual meeting August 4-5 at Lindenwood-Belleville, with the regular season in volleyball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's cross country, beginning later next month. For more information on the AMC, visit www.amcsportsonline.com.