INDIANAPOLIS - Gallaudet University Associate Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson was recently elected chair of the NCAA Division III men's basketball committee for the 2018-19 season.
Atkinson was elected by his peers on the committee here at the NCAA headquarters in June during the annual committee meeting.
He will guide and lead the committee, who helps to administer and conduct all aspects of the Division III men's basketball championship, into a new venue in Fort Wayne, Ind., this March 2019.
"I am honored and humbled to have been elected by my peers to the chair position. This is a prodigious role that I have immense respect for," said Atkinson. "I am fortunate to work with seven other brilliant and talented committee members, who will work diligently to put together a fantastic 2019 NCAA Division III men's basketball championship."
Atkinson will begin his third year of four on the NCAA Division III men's basketball committee this fall. He has been the East Region chair for the past two years in addition to his national committee responsibilities. He served as the NCAA sectional representative last March at Swarthmore College and has worked and supervised the last two national championships in Salem, Va.
He begins his duties immediately as he follows Tim Fitzpatrick, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics, who was the chair for the 2017-18 season.
Atkinson completed his ninth year at Gallaudet University, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, this past spring while managing the sports information office and the media and public relations for Bison athletics. Under Atkinson's leadership and creativity the @GallaudetBison social media platforms have been ranked No. 1 in Division III by www.d3socialmedia.com for the past four years.
Atkinson is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Board of Directors and is currently the Third Vice President of the 3,000+ member national organization comprised of the sports public relations, media relations and communications/information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.