KIAC Sports Information
FLORENCE, Ky. - After being named NAIA National Player of the Year in his respective sport and leading his team to a national championship, University of Rio Grande junior men's soccer player Willian Paulino has been voted the 2015-16 KIAC Male Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday night.
Each KIAC member school nominates one male student-athlete for the award each year. Conference athletic directors cast the voting with one winner chosen across all KIAC sports.
Paulino, a junior forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, had a team-high 19 goals and 43 points for Rio Grande, which had an historic season with a final record of 23-1 overall and an NAIA men's soccer national championship.
Rio Grande Sports Information
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - University of Rio Grande legend Clarence "Bevo" Francis is among 15 individuals comprising the inaugural inductees into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame.
"It is an absolute thrill to announce the inaugural class for the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame," Hall of Fame and SCB Founder John McCarthy said in a statement released Thursday morning. "This class represents the best of the best in the history of small college basketball, and it is with great pleasure that we announce this class."
Francis scored 116 points against Ashland (Ky.) Junior College in his freshman season (1952-53) and 113 against Hillsdale (Mich.) College during his sophomore season (1953-54).
Francis scored 1,954 points his freshman season for an average of 50.1 ppg and led the team to a 39-0 record. The following season, he totaled 1,319 points for an average of 47.1 ppg to lead his team to a record of 21-7, with many victories over major college programs (Wake Forest, Miami, Arizona State, Creighton, Providence, and more).
KIAC Sports Information
FLORENCE, Ky. - University of Rio Grande sports information director Randy Payton was selected the KIAC Sports Information Director of the Year 2015-16 after the voting of the conference's SIDs was announced by the league office on Wednesday.
The KIAC SID of the Year award was created in 2014-15 to recognize the most outstanding sports information director in the conference for a given year. The nominations are made by athletic directors, and voting is done by the SIDs in the conference. The KIAC winner is submitted as a nominee for the NAIA SID of the Year award.
"Randy Payton is one of the hardest-working Sports Information Directors I've ever had the privilege to work," said KIAC Commissioner Scott McClure. "I'm thrilled to see him win this conference award this year. He does a tremendous job promoting the University of Rio Grande athletics and its student-athletes while all the time serving as a role model for our conference SIDs and media relations personnel."
"Randy was outstanding this year with not only his coverage of Rio Grande athletics, including a national championship men's soccer team, but also his work at KIAC events," said KIAC SID Kevin Taylor. "The KIAC championships would not have been what they were in terms of coverage if not for Randy's dedication from fall to winter to spring. It was a great example of a conference and a campus being elevated by sports information work."