Southern University's Kevin Manns has been named the SWAC's Jefferson-Nicholson-Prophet Sports Information Director of the Year. Manns was voted as the 2011 honoree by the league's Sports Information Directors during the group's annual spring meeting.
This is the second time since the 2008-09 year that Manns has garnered this award. Manns is in his 11th year on "The Bluff" as sports information director.
Southern University. As the director, Manns's office is responsible for the dissemination of information concerning Southern University athletics, which serves as the curator of the University's athletic records and as the liaison between the department, various media entities, professional athletic organizations, among other responsibilities.
In 2003, Manns was instrumental in promoting SU star baseball player and current Milwaukee Brewer, Rickie Weeks, for National Player of the Year. Weeks swept every Division I baseball Player of the Year honor that year.
Before arriving at Southern, Manns was SID at Alabaman State in Montgomery, Ala. (1996-2000) and at Winston-Salem State University (1993-96), where as SID, he worked alongside legendary basketball Coach, Clarence "Big House" Gaines.
Manns is a 1986 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, West Virginia, where he was a three-year letterman and two-year starter on the Eagle football team.
He also was a two-time high school All-American in track. He continued his collegiate football play at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. In 1990, Manns earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting.
After graduation, he went on to do PR work for Craig Hodges, who was a member of the Chicago Bulls. Manns served as Assistant to the President of Pro-Exec Manage Group in Chicago.
Manns is a member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association), BCSIDA (Black College Sports Information Directors Association) and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
The award is named in honor of former SWAC Sports Information greats Sam Jefferson (Jackson State), Collie Nicholson (Grambling State) and Chuck Prophet (Mississippi Valley State).