Fort Hays State Sports Information Director Ryan Prickett gained more national recognition in 2016-17 for Excellence in Publications from CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) by earning two “Best in Nation” honors. The organization tabbed the 2016-17 Fort Hays State Men’s Basketball Media Guide and the design of the 2016 Fort Hays State Volleyball Media Guide Cover as “Best in Nation” in the College Division, which includes all non-NCAA Division I institutions (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA, and NJCAA).
In his career as Sports Information Director at Fort Hays State, Prickett has now amassed 16 Excellence in Publications awards from CoSIDA, all on media guides produced for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and football.
This is the first time Prickett earned two “Best in Nation” honors in the same year. He previously earned the distinction for the 2011 Volleyball Media Guide (alongside former graduate assistant Doug Self), the 2014 Volleyball Media Guide (alongside former graduate assistant Andrew Sogn), and the 2015-16 Women’s Basketball Media Guide.
The Men’s Basketball Media Guide received its first-ever “Best in Nation” distinction after a third-place honor last year (highest-ever finish at that point). Assistant Sports Information Director Seth Kincaid and Prickett co-designed the cover for the men’s basketball guide.
Designing covers of fall sports for the first time in his career, Prickett struck gold with his Volleyball Media Guide cover. With the 15 other Excellence in Publication distinctions going to entire media guides, this was the first time an FHSU media guide cover received the nation’s top honor. Prickett now has five “Best in Nation” honors in his career.
Over the last three years, Prickett and his sports information staff at Fort Hays State have accumulated nine Excellence in Publications honors from CoSIDA. Last year all four media guides (women’s basketball, men’s basketball, football, and volleyball) ranked among the top three nationally. The year prior to that, three of the media guides earned top-three honors. Four of the five “Best in Nation” honors under Prickett have occurred within the last three years.
Prickett enters his 13th year as Sports Information Director at Fort Hays State University in 2017-18.