Former Howard University Assistant Sports Information Director Chevonne Mansfield will be honored this summer as the 2011 CoSIDA Rising Star Award recipient for the University Division (Division I organizations), according to reports.

According to, the Rising Star Award is presented to sports information personnel with a maximum of 10 years or less serving at their college or university.

The “rising star” must exude “dedication, energy and enthusiasm to the profession make that individual a ‘rising star’ in the collegiate communications field,” stated Ed Hill, the longtime senior sports information director for Howard and current at-large board of director for CoSIDA.

“I am truly honored to be a part of CoSIDA and to receive this award,” said Mansfield, who will be honored in June at the CoSIDA National Convention in Marcos Island, Fla. “It truly means a great deal to me and I’m very proud to be honored with so many distinguished professionals.”

Mansfield left Howard in 2010 to take her position as the Assistant Director of Communications/Sports Liaison for the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

But before she joined the SWAC, Mansfield served at Howard University for three years, managing the medial relations for all women athletics and administering the school’s athletic website. According to Hill, Mansfield was responsible for reporting to four different conferences on a regular basis, including the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), the Atlantic Soccer Conference (ASC), Great West Conference (GWC) and Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA).

Prior to Howard, Mansfield served fulltime as a sports information assistant for the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore while completing her graduate studies.

There, she was named Hawk of the Year, an annual honor awarded to a top-performing UMES employee in athletics.

“Chevonne has always worked hard,” said G. Stan Bradley, sports information director at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. “She has done a tremendous job of setting goals for herself and then achieving them. It’s no surprise that she has moved up the ladder of success in this profession. She is very worthy of this prestigious honor.”

Mansfield, 28, carries a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s (2004) and a master’s degree from UMES (2007).


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor