Former Augie SID McGrath inducted into CoSIDA Hall of Fame

Posted Online: May 10, 2013, 9:14 pm
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Marc Nesseler,
Former Augustana College sports information director Jim McGrath is heading to a Hall of Fame - as a 2013 inductee into the CoSIDA Hall.

Jim has served as Butler University's sports information director since 1981 and assumed the title of associate athletic director in 1989 after four years as an assistant athletic director. During his tenure, McGrath has covered more than 2,000 Butler athletic events.

"Jim has been a rock in the business," said ESPN's Andy Katz. "While there has been change at Butler over the years, Jim has been the one constant. Everyone talks about the Butler way but Jim exhibits that daily with his wholesome Midwestern approach to his job."

McGrath arrived at Butler after a 10-year stint as SID at his alma mater, Augustana. While at Augie, 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 CCIW. While at Augustana, he received 30 publications awards from CoSIDA, including 10 Best in the Nation certificates.


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