|Title:||Sports Information Director|
Manny Nieves joined the athletic department on July 1, 2010
to become the school's third full-time sports information
director. He is responsible for publicizing the school's
15-sport athletic program, the upkeep of www.CSUCougars.com and
managing the game-day staff.
Nieves has been instrumental in bringing Columbus State to the forefront in the new media age as he has implemented webcasting for several new sports and expanded their production to multi-camera shoots. There have been dramatic increases in fan followers and interaction on Facebook and Twitter and the sports information office also created sport specific Twitter handles to give me in-depth coverage during games. Acknowledging that social media is not going away anytime soon, Nieves brought in Fiedhouse Media for a social media training day with all of Columbus State’s student-athletes. He also created CSU’s first-ever virtual media guide and brought 360 degree facility tours to CSUCougars.com with a partnership with Spinatour.
The Hammonton, NJ native was chosen as the Southeast Region Chair for the Daktronics Baseball All-Region Team and was later added to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Southeast Committee which produces the region’s weekly poll as well as votes on preseason and postseason All-Region teams.
Nieves comes to Columbus State from Rowan University. While at Rowan, he worked with several sports in handling game-day operations, updating the website, creating and updating student-athlete bios and assisting with webcasting of select home contests. He also worked the Atlantic-10 Men's Basketball Conference Tournament held in Atlantic City, NJ assisting in CBS' TV coverage of the tournament as well as radio stations and print media. Nieves brings eight years of sports information experience to the CSU department.
Prior to his time at Rowan, Nieves spent a year at High Point University as a sports information assistant working primarily with the men’s soccer and baseball teams. He was put in charge of several key publications for the department including creating the first-ever athletic department brochure and a men’s soccer newsletter used to inform alumni, parents and fans of the happenings of the team. Nieves helped expose HPU baseball member Billy Alvino, the school's first semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's top catcher. He helped host two Big South Conference Tournaments (women’s basketball and women’s soccer) and served as one of two official scorers for the women’s soccer tournament
After earning his B.A. in Sports Management and Marketing at Centenary in May 2007, Nieves moved on to East Stroudsburg University where he earned a M.S. in Sports Management in while serving as the top assistant in the sports information office. He served as the co-chair of the Northeast soccer regional selection committee and helped publicize on several All-Americans, All-Conference and Academic All-District student-athletes.
Nieves got his first taste of the sports information field as a student-assistant at Centenary College (NJ). Helping progress the sports info office there, he took on several key projects by himself such as creating the record books for men’s and women’s soccer and having a major hand in creating the first official media guides for the athletic department. Nieves was a two-sport student-athlete for the Cyclones competing in baseball and soccer. He left the school holding four school records and is in the top 10 in numerous categories for both sports.