Huizenga honored for work as SID
He isn’t an athlete himself, but he has written extensively about those who compete for St. Xavier University.
And like a great many of those individuals Rob Huizenga’s efforts have paid off in a big way.
Huizenga, SXU’s sports information director since 2003, was recently named the top person in his field during the 2013-14 academic year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The inaugural NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year award was given out as part of the organization’s first-ever National Awards Day.
The award acknowledged Huizenga’s work in raising the visibility of Cougars athletics with both regional and national media and his contributions to the NAIA and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Association. In addition to his SID duties, Huizenga serves as SXU’s assistant director of athletics.
"I have been very fortunate over my 11-year career at St. Xavier University to work with some amazing and talented student-athletes and coaches and [have] witnessed a number of them earn some pretty impressive national awards,” Huizenga said. “I never imagined that one day I would have my own chance to bring a national award to this university just for doing the job that I love.
“There are so many people who deserve my thanks for helping me earn this prestigious honor, but first and foremost I have to thank my family (wife Jade and daughters Ashlyn, Ivy and Lily) for supporting and standing by me when things get busy and I spend long days, nights and weekends away from home.
“I also want to thank my assistant Chris Gbur for his constant efforts in helping SXU sports information continue to grow and develop.”
Huizenga, a Henderson, Ill., native and 2001 graduate of Knox College, was instrumental in helping three athletes — basketball player Brad Karp and softball players Megan and Nicole Nonnemacher — earn prestigious honors last school year. Karp and Megan Nonnemacher were both chosen as members of the Capital One Academic All-America team in their respective sports, while Nicole Nonnemacher was tabbed as the NAIA National Softball Player of the Year.