Haddy to Receive CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award

May 16, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa Sports Information Director Phil Haddy will receive the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Lifetime Achievement Award June 25 in St. Louis. The award will be presented during the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the annual CoSIDA Convention, held June 22-26.

Haddy, a member of the UI athletic staff for 41 years and Iowa’s Sports Information Director from 1993-2010, is currently the longest-serving member of a Big Ten Sports Information Office. He joined the Iowa athletic staff as assistant sports information director in 1971 and became the third sports information director in school history in 1993. He began a two-year phased retirement in 2010.

Only two athletic department employees, former SID Eric Wilson (46 years) and former swimming and diving coach Dave Armbruster (41 years), have worked for the Hawkeyes as long, or longer, than Haddy. Haddy and his wife, Elaine, have worked at the University of Iowa a total of 86 years.

Haddy was named Wrestling Publicist of the Year in 1992 by the Wrestling Media of America and was recognized with the 2001 Elmer “Scoop” Hudgens Lifetime SID Award from the All-America Football Foundation. His UI wrestling guides were judged “Nations Best” three times, as picked by CoSIDA and Amateur Wrestling News.

Haddy is a native of Cedar Rapids, where he graduated from Washington High School. He holds two degrees from the University of Iowa.

Former Iowa Sports Information Director George Wine received the CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. Eric Wilson (1969) and Wine (1985) are also members of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame.