by Andrew Gahwiler, sports information graduate assistant
HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced their annual Sports Information Staff of the Year award, naming Al Weston and his staff to receive the award.
Weston has been with Georgia College since 2006 and is finishing up his ninth year as the Bobcat’s Sports Information Director (SID), managing 11 sports and promoting events for the Athletic Department. Weston will add this honor from the PBC to his Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Volleyball SID of the year award in 2006. This will be the first time the Bobcat SID will be given the award.
“I’m truly humbled and honored by this award, it means even more knowing that the votes came from the best group of sports media relations professionals in the country,” said Weston. “I’d like to thank my wife Erin, and my kids Torin and Alan for allowing me to do a job I love every day, despite long hours and crazy weekends. A big thank you also goes to all of my current and former student staff members, without whom the GC sports information department wouldn’t be half as successful.”
Weston and his staff hosted the PBC softball tournament on campus as well as an NCAA Southeast Softball Regional. The Bobcat softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in school history. The GC baseball team won their second PBC title in three years, advancing to the NCAA Southeast Regional. The Bobcat women’s basketball squad made the conference title game for the second year in a row. Both men’s and women’s cross country teams, as well as the golf program made appearances in the NCAA Regionals. The men’s and women’s tennis teams fell in the NCAA Regional Final, their ninth and 21st straight postseasons, respectively.
The PBC Sports Information Staff of the Year award is voted by the members of the PBC, given to those who standout and are dedicated to their profession. Weston received the award Tuesday, May 26 in Hilton Head, S.C. during the PBC annual ceremonies.
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