Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda, announced today the hiring of AnnMarie Person as their new public relations director.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) program recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding female student-athletes in NCAA-member institutions throughout the United States.
Person brings over 14 years of professional athletics communications experience at both conferences and institutions at the Division I level as well as several years of customer service experience while working day-to-day with sports information directors in her current position at PrestoSports.
"I am thrilled to welcome such an experienced and skilled professional to our team,” says Voelz. “She is a great addition whose skill sets match our strategic plan goals in extending the brand of the Collegiate Womens Sports Awards presented by Honda. I am confident that AnnMarie will contribute greatly as we ambitiously take this prestigious award program to the next level."
As the program's public relations director, Person will be responsible for coordinating the balloting and promoting the accomplishments of its 15 student-athlete awards winners, including the prestigious Honda Cup Award, given to the top collegiate woman athlete of the year. In addition, she will help maintain the program's website and continue the efforts to develop a strong social media presence.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards which recognize the efforts and accomplishments of the nation's top female student-athletes," says Person. "I look forward to working with the institutions and winners; American Honda; the CWSA board and the staff to promote these inspiring women."
In addition to her position with the CWSA, Person will remain a member of the PrestoSports staff where she serves as the company's Director of Operations.
Prior to PrestoSports, Person spent four years as the Atlantic 10 Associate Director for Communications where she helped promote several Division I sports and many accomplished student-athletes.
Recognized as a leader in her field, Person served on the board of directors for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the NCAA Statistics and Records Advisory Board. She is also a member of the women's basketball Final Four Media Coordination Committee.
Before her move to the A-10, Person spent six years at the University of Connecticut where she was the main contact for women's basketball for four of those years. While at UConn, she handled the media relations duties surrounding three National Champion women's basketball teams (2000, 2002, 2003) as well as the promotion of two national Players of the Year.
Person also spent two years as assistant sports information director at the University of Hartford and one year as an intern at UConn.