ASHEVILLE, N.C. - At its spring meeting of the Council of Athletics Administrator's held in Kingsport, Tenn., the Appalachian Athletic Conference awarded the Willie Belcher AAC SID of the Year Award to Jay Stancil of Union.
This the first year of the award, and it's named in honor of longtime Virginia Intermont sports information director Willie Belcher.
Belcher always exhibited a strong passion for her job and for the students and student-athletes that she came in contact with on a daily basis. She is strong in her faith and has and continues to be an influence to those around her. In 2010, she was diagnosed with liomyosarcoma which is a rare cancer that occurs in one percent of all cancers.
"I am very honored to receive this award, especially with it being named in honor of Willie," said Stancil.
"She's been a great colleague and even better friend, and to receive an award with Willie's name attached to it is very humbling."
Stancil is in his 13th year as the director of sports communications at Union. During his career, Stancil has received numerous awards, earning dozens NAIA-SIDA Publication Awards including three first-place honors and one Best Cover. In addition, he placed first in the NSCAA Writing Contest in the Deadline/Game Story Division in 2005 and third place in the CoSIDA's Fred S. Stabley Sr. District IV Writing Contest in 2006 and 2007.
In 2010, he was named the Clarence "Ike" Pearson Award winner at the annual NAIA-SIDA Convention in San Francisco, Calif. Stancil also earned the 2010 Media Person/SID of the Year from the Victory Sports Network.
Stancil also serves as the NAIA-SIDA President and the sports information director of the AAC.