Tuesday, October 29, 2013
ORANGEBURG, SC—South Carolina State’s Athletics Department has announced that assistant sports information director, Kendrick D. Lewis, has been named interim director of sports information.
Lewis takes over for long-time Hall of Fame sports information director, William “Bill” Hamilton, who retired recently after 40 years of service to the University. He is only the second person to hold this position in the school’s history.
Lewis enters his sixth year with the Athletics Department and eighth overall at SC State. He is the primary contact for football, men’s basketball, women's golf and men’s and women’s tennis.
Lewis will manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Sports Information Office, the service arm of the Athletics Department. The primary responsibility of the office is to disseminate information about all sports, coaching staff, student-athletes, as well as about the members of the SC State Department of Athletics to local, state and national media outlets. The Sports Information Office is also responsible for maintaining records, producing media guides and updating the athletic website. SC State currently sponsors 15 sports - six men programs and nine women.
In addition to his duties in the department of athletics, Lewis serves on several committees at the University including Customer Service & Image Building, Computing & Information Technology Advisory, Gender Equity, and Game Management.
A native of Mullins, SC, Lewis began his tenure in sports information in 2008 after serving two years as a Graphic Artist/Athletic Liaison for University Relations & Marketing Department at the University. Prior to that, he served as a Sports Copy Editor/Sports Writer for six and a half years at the local newspaper, The Times and Democrat. He also served three years as a Sports Information Student Assistant (2000-03) at his alma mater, where he earned a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in journalism in 2003.
He is a 2011 graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute for Minority Males & Females and a 2012 Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute graduate. He recently was named the 2013 Staff Employee of the Year for the Division of the Office of the President at SC State.
In addition, he is a member of several professional and community organizations including Orangeburg Young Professionals (OYP), the National Collegiate Marketing Association (NCMA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Black College Sports Information Directors Association (BCSIDA), the College of Sports Information Directors (COSIDA), where he serves on the Publications and News and Technology Committee, and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.