(Story Courtesy the PacWest Conference)
– The Sports Information Directors of the PacWest Conference voted for Concordia, led by Ben Rosehartas the 2022 PacWest Sports Information Department of the Year, which is the first time that Concordia has won the award.
Rosehart has been at Concordia for four years and oversees the sports information efforts of the school for all 19 varsity sports and five club sports, which is the largest number of any of the PacWest schools. He manages Concordia’s website and social media outlets and has a primary role in game day operations for all athletics events hosted at Concordia.
One of Rosehart’s crowning achievements in the last two years has been his role in hosting the Concordia Kickoff Classic in softball. For years, the Desert Stinger was the premier softball tournament in the West Region in the opening weeks of the season, but in just two years the Concordia’s Kickoff Classic has become a destination tournament for softball teams in February. In three days, Concordia successfully hosted 52 softball games featuring the top NCAA Division II teams in the West Region.
“Over these last four years, it has been a privilege to work with Ben and see him at work at all the events he hosts,” said PacWest Sports Communications Director Jared Pine. “He is uniquely qualified to succeed at the post that he has been called to. Few in this profession can rival his positive attitude, and I think that’s what it takes to succeed as the lone full-time SID at a school with the most athletic programs in our conference. What he has accomplished in training his graduate assistants year after year is truly remarkable.”
Rosehart hasn’t achieved all this without a lot of help from his part-time assistants. Kara Vincitorio, alex klin, Zachary Fidel and Cayden-Jones have all played an important role in the success of the sports information department.
“It is extremely humbling and rewarding to be recognized in this way by your peers,” said Rosehart. “I want to make sure to thank our sports information assistant Kara Vincitorio and all our graduate assistants as we have all worked tirelessly this past year in the Concordia sports information department to help us evolve in how we promote our student-athletes and teams. With all the sports we sponsor, it is truly a team effort to serve our 24 programs that include more than 550 student-athletes. We take great pride in seeing them succeed and being able to share their stories and accomplishments.”
Vincitorio has worked part-time with Rosehart for years and primarily helps on the volleyball, water polo and baseball beats. She was the starting libero for the Concordia women’s volleyball team that won the 2012 NAIA National Championship and still holds the school record for career digs. Concordia is also the only PacWest member that features a men’s volleyball program and a beach volleyball team in the spring.
Vincitorio and the graduate assistants at Concordia all help Rosehart in various ways in recording stats during CUI home games, writing story recaps and also posting social media content that includes video highlights, action shots, final score graphics and milestones.
“The number of followers on our social media platforms grew by nearly 20 percent over the past 18 months, and that is not something that happens overnight,” said Rosehart. “That is something the entire group is extremely proud to see come to fruition as we continue to evolve.”
With a strong graphic design background, Kline helped Rosehart implement new strategies for the athletic department’s social media accounts and helped build dozens of graphic templates for both online and on-campus promotions. The former Cal Poly Pomona catcher focused on the baseball and basketball beats while earning his MBA.
Fellow graduate assistants Fidel and Jones also played a huge role in improving the quality and quantity of video content for CUI Athletics. Jones is a CUI soccer alum and helped carry the torch for the soccer and track and field teams, while Fidel helped primarily with tennis and swim and dive coverage. Both will take on larger roles as they enter the second year of their master’s programs.
“We joke sometimes that it’s never a dull moment – there is always a great story to learn about, a new milestone to keep an eye on, or a thrilling highlight to share,” added Rosehart. “It’s pretty cool that we have a lot of firsts and school records to promote too since our school made the transition to the NCAA DII level just a few years ago.”
Concordia has hosted the NCAA West Regional in softball four times in the last five years, earning one of the top-2 seeds in the region each time. It is the most that any school in the West Region has hosted a regional softball since Concordia became eligible for the NCAA postseason.
“I really enjoy working with the entire group that we have at Concordia and also the people at all our schools throughout the conference,” said Rosehart. “I feel like every year we have improved in how we serve here at Concordia, and I am very thankful for the SIDs in the league who have helped me when I have random questions as we all do from time to time.”
Over the past five years, former CUI sports information graduate assistants have gone on to work in college athletic departments at Biola, St. Katherine and Lewis-Clark State College as well as for the Los Angeles Sparks.