Orlando, Fla.— Longtime San José State University sports information director Lawrence Fan was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday with the President’s Award at the annual convention.
The CoSIDA President’s Award was established two years ago to give the outgoing President the platform to recognize committee members within the organization for their exemplary volunteer service and leadership within the organization’s committee structure in support of programs that benefit CoSIDA members.
Outgoing CoSIDA President Andy Seeley said this about Lawrence when presenting the award:
“I am so glad that I was able to present this award. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of those in our organization who are seeking jobs. He will conclude his impressive stint as the chairperson of the Job Seekers committee this year. He listens and is one of the truly best people in this profession. He contributes to make CoSIDA the best organization he can.”
This award joins a long list of honors Fan has received from CoSIDA. In 2012, he was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame. That same year, he received the prestigious Arch Ward Award that goes to a CoSIDA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of college sports information, and who by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession. In 2013, Fan was honored with the Trailblazer Award, presented annually to an individual who is a pioneer in the profession and who has mentored and helped improve the level of ethnic and gender diversity within CoSIDA.
Fan is a founder of the Job Seekers Committee, serving as the chair since 1994 and ending his tenure this year. With the assistance of a diverse group of committee members, he organizes and manages job fair activities at the annual convention. He started and managed what is now the CoSIDA Career Center email blast about job vacancies and movement within the profession.
In his 37th year at San José State, Fan has served the Bay Area media in many capacities and is the spokesman for the Athletics Department. He currently handles the publicity efforts for the Spartan football, women’s water polo and women’s tennis teams. Fan, know for his “Fan Cake,” has also been the men’s basketball and women’s golf team contacts during his tenure, traveling to national tournaments and championships with the teams.
Fan also received an honorable mention writing award in District VIII for his story on the 1941 Spartan football team that was in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked.
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