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July 31, 2017

Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

Baker University

785.594.8495 l tprice@bakeru.edu l 913.645.4111

www.bakerwildcats.com

Tyler Price Named Heart SID of the Year

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Heart of America Athletic Conference has named Tyler Price, the Sports Information Director at Baker University, as the winner of the fourth annual David Fillmore SID of the Year Award. The sports information directors in the conference selected Price as the 2016-17 recipient.

“I would like to thank my fellow SID’s in the Heart for bestowing me with this honor,“ said Price. “It is also such a blessing to be able to serve as Sports Information Director at such a fine University as Baker. I am so fortunate to be able to work with amazing leaders, coaches and athletes and help promote their wonderful accomplishments on and off the playing field. Thank you also to my family for their continued support throughout my professional career.”

A 2008 graduate of Kansas State University, Price spent three years with the KSU Sports Information Department as a student assistant and joined Baker’s athletics staff in 2012 as the assistant director of athletics – communications after serving as the assistant sports information director at Park University for four years.

“Tyler works tirelessly on behalf of Baker Athletics and the Heart of America Athletic Conference, said Theresa Yetmar, Baker University director of athletics. “He genuinely cares about our coaches and student-athletes and creating recognition opportunities for them. He has enhanced every facet of our communications and branding, from social media to streaming to our website, Tyler is truly deserving of this award.”

Price has previously received a variety of awards, such as 14 NAIA-SIDA Top 10 in the Nation awards for his publication and digit media efforts, including a first-place finish in the 2014 NAIA-SIDA In-House Website contest for www.bakerwildcats.com.

“It’s phenomenal to have an individual of Tyler’s character at Baker,” said Dr. Lynne Murray, Baker university president. “His diligent communication is integral to the success of our individual athletics programs as well as the department as whole. Tyler’s work is a shining example of Baker’s high standards.”

Additionally, Price is serving as the second vice president on the NAIA-SIDA Board of Directors. He was voted into the role by his NAIA-SIDA colleagues and will serve in the position through 2019. Professionally, Price is also a member of CoSIDA.

“We are very proud of Tyler and the commitment he has to Baker University. He is always ready to take on the challenges of the never-ending work and flexibility it takes to be an SID as a one-man show,” said Mike Grossner, Baker head football coach and associate director of athletics. “Most of his work happens after hours or on weekends away from campus. He takes great pride in Baker University and the product we put out on display for the public. Kudos to him for this recognition.“

To honor its current sports information professionals, the Heart introduced the Dave Fillmore Award after the 2013-14 academic year. The award is named after the first SID at Evangel University in 1977, as well as the league’s sports information director from 1988-2003. Fillmore passed away on December 21, 2008, but not before being inducted into the Evangel Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. He also won the Clarence “Ike” Pearson Award in 1999, the highest honor bestowed on sports information directors in the NAIA.

Price will represent the conference in the voting for the NAIA SID of the Year, an award that will be announced in the fall of 2017.

David Fillmore Sports Information Director of the Year Winners

2017 – Tyler Price, Baker University

2016 – Josh Pound, Benedictine College

2015 – Chad Jenkins, MidAmerica Nazarene University

2014 – John Schild, Culver-Stockton College

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