Bluefield Athletics adds experience in Roediger as Director of Sports Information
Bluefield Athletics brings well-rounded staff member to department to fill many roles
Sports Information Department BC
June 12, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
BLUEFIELD, Va. – Rudy Roediger enters his first year as Bluefield College Sports Information Director. Roediger was named the schools second full-time SID in June 2012 with more than seven years in administration, operation, and media relations in the NAIA, NCCAA, NCAA, and interscholastic athletics.
“I want to thank Director of Athletics Pete Dryer for the opportunity to join the BC family,” Roediger said. “I am excited to work with an outstanding group of coaches, staff and student-athletes. This is an exciting time for Bluefield athletics and I look forward to being part of the team.”
Prior to joining the Bluefield staff Roediger, 32, served as the athletic communications assistant for the second largest athletic department out of the 53 colleges and universities in Ohio at Notre Dame College (2010-12). At Notre Dame, he worked with the all 24 intercollegiate teams including the first two seasons of varsity football at the South Euclid, Ohio, campus.
While he served as the primary contact for women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s water polo, women’s lacrosse, and the nationally-ranked men’s soccer teams, Roediger promoted 67 all-conference, All-American, and national award winners that included the schools only National Player of the Year.
A member of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Roediger helped maintain the Falcons athletic website, developed social media efforts, in addition to implementing new game-day programs and media guides for all 24 teams.
In addition to serving at Notre Dame College, Roediger was the 2011 and 2012 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships Media Coordinator and served in an official media or game operation capacity at six other national championship events; NAIA Men’s Soccer (2010), NAIA Softball (2012), NCCAA Softball (2011 & 2012), NCCAA Baseball (2012) and NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball (2012). Roediger also served as a correspondent for the Major League Soccer SuperDraft (2012) and Women’s Professional Soccer Draft (2012) Greater Cleveland Sports Awards (2012), while serving the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup as the press box assistant and assisted The University of Akron with game operations for the men’s soccer team.
A native of Albany, Ohio, Roediger is the former athletic director and head varsity soccer coach at Piketon High School (Ohio), director of media relations for the Premier Development League’s West Virginia Chaos, and technical director for FS Sports WV, LLC (W.Va.). While working in media relations, he had multiple articles published in the largest English newspaper in the world, The Times of India during the India U16 National Team’s trip to the U.S.
Roediger a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America is a United States Soccer Federation D Licensed coach who helped develop over 19 NCAA Division I women’s soccer players as an Ohio South Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program State Assistant and District Head Coach and club director who made coaching stops in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Charleston, W.Va., will assist head coach Chase Neidig with the women’s soccer program.
Roediger resides in Bluefield, Va.
NOTES FROM THE RIDGE….
BC: Bluefield College is a small, private, Christian liberal arts institution located on 82 acres of land in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Virginia offering 22 majors with 61 percent of faculty holding Doctorate degrees and 94 percent of its students earning financial aid.
RAMS: As part of its educational experience, the college fields 15 teams in its intercollegiate athletic program, including seven for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis) and eight for women (basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball).
MID-SOUTH: Bluefield College is a member of the Mid-South Conference (MSC), which is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The MSC is a 16-member conference that offers championships in 17 sports, featuring schools in six states that have combined for 17 national championships with teams from Belhaven (MS), Bethel (TN), Bluefield (VA), Campbellsville (KY), Cumberland (TN), Faulkner (AL), Georgetown (KY), Kentucky Christian, Lindsey Wilson (KY), Shawnee State (OH), St. Catharine (KY), Union (KY), Pikeville (KY), Rio Grande (OH), Cumberlands (KY), Virginia-Wise (VA).
KICKOFF: Bluefield College suites up for its first full season of competition of football since 1941. The Rams will play an 11-game schedule including six home and five away contests during the regular season. Ten of the eleven games will be conference games. The season opener will be against Pikeville (Ky.) on August 25 at 6:00 p.m.
128, MR. TOUCHDOWN, USA: Bluefield College running back Pete Young led the nation in scoring in 1933 with 128 points, prompting the popular singer/songwriter Rudy Vallée to write the song “Mr. Touchdown, USA.”
PERFECT: In 1933 BC recorded its first undefeated season, 9-0, including wins over Concord College, Salem College, and Appalachian State University.
NOT FINAL AFTER ALL: Running back Richard “Dick” Bogdan scored the “final” touchdown for Bluefield College in the team’s home coming 30-7 win over Rio Grande College in 1941.