Jim McGrath To Be Inducted Into CoSIDA Hall of Fame
Jim McGrath, Associate Athletics Director for Communications at Butler University, will be inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame.
"We have known Jim as a true professional who strives everyday to be the best," Butler Athletics Director Barry Collier said. "The CoSida Hall of Fame is a great honor for Jim and a rightful place to recognize his many years of dedicated service to Butler."
McGrath, Butler's first and only full-time sports information director, came to Butler in 1981. He assumed the title of associate athletics director in 1989 after four years as an assistant athletic director. Since assuming his post at BU, McGrath has served as the host SID for four NCAA Division I Men's Final Fours and one Women's Final Four, as well as the first and second rounds of nine additional NCAA men's basketball tournaments. Each year, he works on the NCAA's media coordination committee at the Men's Basketball Final Four.
McGrath arrived at Butler after a 10-year stint as sports information director at his alma mater, Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. While at Augustana, he served as the host SID for five NCAA Division III national basketball championships. He was publicity director for the Ed McMahon Quad-Cities Open professional golf tournament for five years and he served five years as the director of communications for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
In addition to his years as a publicity professional in collegiate sports, McGrath has worked in press operations at amatuer national championships in boxing, swimming and track and field. He was a press officer at the 1982 and 1983 USOC National Sports Festivals and the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival, and he served as a press officer for the United States team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. He further served as co-chairman for the Media Center Development and Operations Committee for Pan American Games X.
The CoSIDA honor is the most recent in a long line of accolades in McGrath's notable and storied career. He was induced into the Butler University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. McGrath received the CoSIDA 25-Year Award in 2006 and was given the Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID Award by the All-American Football Foundation in 2007. Locally, he was honored for his media relations work in 2010 by the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association with the Bob Williams Helping Hand Award.
McGrath will be one of six sports information professionals inducted into CoSIDA's hall of fame in June at the organization's annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Other 2013 inductees include: Justin Doherty (Wisconsin), Bernadette Cafarelli (Notre Dame), Wally Johnson (St. Lawrence), Jim Seavey (Massachusetts Maritime Academy) and Fred Stabley, Jr. (Central Michigan).
A 1971 graduate of Augustana and a native of Lake Zurich, Ill., McGrath and his wife, Judy, have three sons, Chad, Scott and Christopher.