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Longtime Grizzly SID Chris Day resigns

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 7th, 2012

Chris Day

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ALAMOSA — Chris Day, longtime Adams State University associate athletic director and sports information officer (SID), tendered his resignation Tuesday, effective Dec. 31, 2012, according to ASU Athletic Director Larry Mortensen.

“Chris has been a valuable asset to our athletic department and will be sorely missed,” Mortensen said. “We know he’ll be successful in the next chapter of his life and will always be a part of ASU.”

Mortensen added that Day is directly responsible for much of the success of the Grizzly athletic programs over the past decade, helping host national championships and getting ASU student athletes national recognition.

Day joined the then Adams State College sports department in 1999. He is a graduate of Colorado Mesa State University and began assisting the their sports information office as a freshman student.

After four years as the student assistant in the Mesa SID’s office and earning his double major there, Day became a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis in Tennessee for one month before joining the Grizzly athletic department.

Having been a well-known fixture at ASU, Day has won multiple awards including the inaugural J.W. Campbell Award in 2002, given to the top SID in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). He again won the award in 2006 and 2008 and is the only SID to win the award more than once.

In 2005, Day was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s top SID in the Southwest Region and was credited with the Best Media Guide Cover award in 2000.

“Chris has been a gift to us the Valley Courier and by working with the sports directors at KSPK radio,” said Keith Cerny, Courier publisher and a member of the ASU Grizzly Club board of directors. “We could not cover ASU athletics as well if it wasn’t for Chris and his staff.”

Mortensen said his department would be evaluating all positions and making some reassignments to be sure everything is covered and is hopeful the two-month transition period will allow time for that.

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