York College senior Derek Behrenshausen will be honored with the Bill Esposito Memorial Award at the 2013 ECAC-SIDA Workshop in Manchester, N.H. this June.
The award is presented to a graduating college senior who wishes to pursue a career in athletic communications. The Award is named to honor the memory of one of the true patriarchs of the sports information profession. Bill Esposito served as the Sports Information Director at St. John's University in New York for 25 years. He served as President of ECAC-SIDA in 1972-73 and was the organization's Irving Marsh Award recipient in 1973. He was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1984, prior to his passing in 1995.
Behrenshausen’s credentials make him a most worthy honoree. He has worked in the York College (PA) athletics communications office since his sophomore year in the fall of 2010.
Behrenshausen initially completed an York College Practicum in the office and has since worked with all of the school’s sports teams while serving as the primary field hockey contact. He has furthermore spent two summers volunteering in the Capital Athletic Conference office and has served as a producer of the Spartan Sports Show that he helped start with a group of four other student workers.
This spring, he is serving as an intern at the University of Notre Dame in order to complete his Sports Management work experience requirement.
“Derek will graduate in May as the greatest student worker I have had in my 18 years running the York College Athletic Communications department, “ said Scott Guise, Director of Athletic Communications at York. “Derek immersed himself into the work quickly and it didn't take me too long to realize that I had a future SID on my staff.”
Geoff Hassard, ECAC-SIDA President, also reflected on Behrenshausen’s candidacy. "Having had the opportunity to meet Mr. Esposito, I know that he would be proud of Derek's accomplishments and would welcome him with open arms to the field of athletics communications," said Hassard.
Behrenshausen quickly learned the nuances of Stat Crew and the Presto Sports website system that enabled him to cover a multitude of home events on his own, especially during the spring season when numerous multi-event days occur throughout the season.
His writing aptitude coupled with his uncanny understanding of the communications office’s public relations role further elevated his stature. Behrenshausen flourished at such an accelerated pace that by the fall of 2011 he had put himself in the rare position of a student worker who assumes the primary media contact role for a sport. He subsequently provided the Spartans field hockey program with superlative coverage throughout their season.
Derek also helped support the communications office with its efforts revolving around the wrestling program in addition to working as a caller on the basketball statistics staff. He then covered baseball and softball and helped record game-day statistics for both the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs throughout the spring 2012 season.