ORLANDO, Fla. – Lindsey Wilson College’s Chris Wells has been named the 2015 Clarence “Ike” Pearson recipient, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics officials announced earlier in the month.
Wells received the honor – named for the former statistical crew chief for the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship – during the NAIA Sports Information Directors of America annual conference at the Orlando World Center Marriot Resort.
“It’s an honor to receive this recognition,” said Wells, who just completed his 14th year as Lindsey Wilson’s sports information director. “Some very talented sports information professionals have been honored with this award, and it is very humbling to be in their company.
“I have one of the best jobs around: I get to tell the story of one of the NAIA’s great college athletics programs, and I work with a team of first-rate professionals.”
Wells, who is a 2001 LWC alumnus, also serves as the college’s assistant athletic director and has directed the Mid-South Conference’s communication efforts since 2008. He also serves on the NAIA-SIDA board of directors.
“Our student-athletes and coaches are incredibly fortunate to have Chris Wells and his staff telling their story,” said LWC Athletic Director Willis Pooler. “Chris is passionate about all Lindsey Wilson teams, and he provides Blue Raider fans with comprehensive coverage of our programs. He’s been a leader in embracing new media platforms, and he’s a great leader and mentor to his staff.”
Wells led LWC’s communication efforts for four men’s soccer and four women’s soccer NAIA national championships. He helped usher in three new athletic programs, leading the promotion and media relations for football, swimming and wrestling in 2009.
Wells also serves as the voice of Blue Raider athletics by providing radio, television and web casts play-by-play for football, basketball and several of the college’s Olympic sports.
Wells has earned numerous awards from his sports information peers: he has been named MSC sports information director of the year eight times (2003, ‘07, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12, ‘14 and ‘15).
Before stepping down from the position in 2010, Wells spent 6-1/2 seasons as LWC women’s golf coach. Wells joined the Blue Raider staff in 2001 after two years as an assistant in the college’s public relations department.