Lincoln Bob Heller Named Black College Nines Sports Information Director of the Year




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Lincoln University Sports Information Director Bob Heller is one of three HBCU media relations specialists named Sports Information Director (SID) of the Year by Black College Nines as announced by the organization as part of  their “shortened season” Black College Nines Elites and Individual Awards on Thursday.

Heller is in his fourth year as the sports publicist at Lincoln and 27th overall in the profession.

Black College Nines is a baseball news website dedicated to preserving the legacy of Historically Black College and Universities baseball.

This year all three recipients were from the small-college category.  Joining Heller as honorees are Claflin University’s Romanda Noble-Watson and Wiley College’s Andrew Glover.

The Black College Nines Sports Information Directors of the Year falls under the organization’s Special Service Award Category.

At Lincoln, Heller is responsible for coordinating media relations efforts for Lincoln’s 13 athletic programs and the department. In addition to his duties at Lincoln, he is the vice-president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Sports Information Directors Association and serves on the CIAA cross country championship committee.

Additionally, Heller is a member of both the D2SIDA Men’s Basketball and D2SIDA Women’s Basketball Atlantic Region poll committee; serves on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Committee; and on Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Coaches Association Executive Board.  He was inducted into the latter’s Hall of Fame in 2013..

Heller previously served on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II ranking committee from 2009-2018 and was a photo marshal at the 2016 and 2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championship games played in Philadelphia. He was also the national coordinator for the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America program, overseeing Division II All-Region and All-America selections in eight different sports.

Prior to his arrival at Lincoln, Heller spent the better part of 19 years (1996-2015) at the University of the Sciences, the last ten as the Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and Media Relations.  He was also the head men’s and women’s cross country coach for 18 seasons, winning the conference title in 2005 while earning Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year honors twice and an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team for seven seasons where he was part of two conference tournament championship programs in the school’s first three years as an NCAA Division II member. Prior to University of the Sciences, he served as an Assistant Sports Information Director at Drexel University.

Heller is a member of the Black College Sports Information Director Association (BCSIDA), The Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Director Association (ECAC-SIDA), the Philadelphia Area Sports Information Director Association (Philly-SIDA), the Division II Sports Information Director Association (D2SIDA) and the  College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Heller received his bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Villanova University.

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