Feb. 28, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Wednesday that BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Sports Media Relations John Paquette will be presented with the Bill Esposito Backbone Award at the organization's convention in June.
The award is presented to a CoSIDA member displaying sound judgment and unusual courage in taking a stand in intercollegiate athletics contrary to public opinion and sentiment, or who displays sound judgment and unusual courage in guiding their institution through difficult public relations situations.
According to the CoSIDA release, Paquette has "provided credibility and stability in an otherwise fluid landscape."
Paquette joined the BIG EAST in 1990 as Mike Tranghese's first hire as commissioner. He joined the BIG EAST after four years at Seton Hall. He was the men's basketball media relations contact when the Pirates made their Final Four run in 1989.
Paquette was previously honored by CoSIDA in 2007 with the Arch Ward Award for meritorious service in college sports media relations. Other honors during his career include the Katha Quinn Award from the United States Basketball Writers Association for outstanding media service in 2009 and the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the New York Metropolitan Basketball Writers.
Paquette will be honored during the CoSIDA Convention June 8-11 at the World Marriott Center in Orlando, Fla.