INDIANAPOLIS (GLVC)– The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has named Roy Pickerill as this year’s recipient of the Dr. Thomas Kearns Service Award, it was announced Monday by the conference office. The long-time sports information director (SID) at Kentucky Wesleyan College is in his 35th year of assisting in the promotion of GLVC sports and NCAA Division II basketball.
Pickerill will be the guest of the GLVC at this week's Deaconess GLVC Basketball Chamionship Tournament and formally recognized at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Awards Spring Banquet in St. Louis on May 20.
Now in his 42nd year at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Pickerill has been helping promote the GLVC since its inception in in 1978. He served as the league’s SID from 1980 to 1983, while maintaining the same role on campus. The 1975 KWC graduate worked as a student assistant in the sports information office his senior year and was named the school’s first assistant SID upon graduation. He held that position for 13 years and then was named to his current full-time position in 1988.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities at Kentucky Wesleyan, Pickerill has also played an integral role in the promotion of both GLVC and NCAA Division II basketball over the past two decades. Later this month, he will be involved with the media coordination of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite Eight for the 21st season.
In 2012, Pickerill was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for his 30-plus years of service at Kentucky Wesleyan. In 1999, he was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame – the only SID from the state of Kentucky and the GLVC to have achieved that honor.
In 1998, he received the prestigious Warren Berg Award, presented to a college division member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information. He was also elected the inaugural President of the newly formed Division II Sports Information Directors Association (D2SIDA) in 2006 and served a three-year term.
On campus, his alma mater accorded him the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1994, the highest honor for an alumnus. Pickerill was then inducted into the Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012.
Following the 2012-13 academic season, Kentucky Wesleyan resigned its full-time membership from the GLVC and moved to the start-up Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference. After the 2013 football season concluded, Kentucky Wesleyan officially resigned from the GLVC as an associate member in the sport, leaving the 2014-15 academic season as the first in conference history without Pickerill holding official duties related to the GLVC. Despite being affiliated with another conference, Pickerill’s passion for and knowledge of the GLVC will continue to keep him as one of the few true league historians.
The GLVC Service Award is named in honor of Dr. Thomas Kearns, who was Northern Kentucky’s faculty athletic representative for 23 years and provided unparalleled service to the GLVC during that period. Kearns served the GLVC as both treasurer and president during his tenure at NKU and assisted with the budget reporting system and the current revenue sharing policy. He spearheaded the league’s first major expansion, wrote the GLVC Hall of Fame guidelines, served on the initial GLVC Awards Committee and developed and maintained the GLVC Handbook. Kearns spent countless hours developing the GLVC into one of the premier NCAA Division II athletic conferences.
In honor of Dr. Kearns, the Service Award is presented to an individual or group that has contributed to the success of the GLVC as it relates to the NCAA Division II attributes of learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service. It was first presented in 2011 to Northern Kentucky’s Kevin Listerman, and has since been awarded to SIU Edwardsville’s Eric Hess (2012) and Southern Indiana’s Dave and Lois Stevens (2013) over the last two years.