UMES' DAVE VATZ WINS CoSIDA WRITING CONTEST AWARD
District 2 winner Dave Vatz.
District 2 winner Dave Vatz.

July 16, 2013

OSKALOOSA, Iowa - Dave Vatz, Assistant Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) recently was named a winner in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest.

Vatz won first place for District 2 for Season Preview/Recap for his piece "Despite Valiant Effort, UMES Falls to Nebraska 3-0 to Close Out 28-Win Season." The recap wrapped up the most successful season in UMES Volleyball history that ended with a second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship and a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

District 2 encompasses all colleges and universities in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as Washington, D.C.

The popularity of the Stabley Writing Contest continues to expand. The 2012-13 contest drew 525 total entries, nearly 200 more than last year, which was double the total from 2011. The General Feature category led the way with 119 stories submitted. Submissions were first judged at the district level with district winners advancing to a national committee. The 2013 contest included entries written from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

Vatz recently completed his third year with UMES Athletics, serving as the primary media relations contact for women's volleyball, women's basketball and baseball. He was also the lead broadcaster on the Hawks Radio Network for those same sports.

"Our entire department is very proud of this recognition for Dave," said G. Stan Bradley, Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs. "Winning these awards is quite an honor and UMES is thrilled that a talented writer like Mr. Vatz could be recognized for his skill and hard work."

You can read his winning here. Visit CoSIDA.com here for a complete list of district and national winners.