|Title:||Sports Information Director (1999-)|
Blair Cash, the 2008-09 recipient of the Jack Sareault Award as the Northwest Conference's Sports Information Director of the Year, in now in his 15th year as the sports information director at George Fox University.
Cash is responsible for the publicity for the Bruins' 15 varsity sports (soon to be 17), with oversight of all aspects of coverage for the teams, including game day preparations, statistics, press releases, and records. He contributes to all Bruin publicity pieces and game programs, and maintains the George Fox sports web site. He also serves on the Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee as a permanent member of the Executive Committee.
An active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America, Cash has organized the chapel service at the annual CoSIDA Convention and served on the CoSIDA Ethics Committee since 2000. He also is in his second year on the Program Committee for the CoSIDA Convention, and served as a panelist for two programs at the 2013 Convention in Orlando, Fla. He holds professional memberships in the United States Basketball Writers Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. For the last nine years, he has coordinated voting for the NCAA Division III Baseball National Hitter and Pitcher of the Week on behalf of the NCBWA.
Cash got his start in the sports information field in 1972 while an undergraduate at Belhaven College (now Belhaven University) in his home town of Jackson, Miss., handling the school's sports publicity for four years as a student and one year (1976-77) full-time upon graduation. He was inducted into the Belhaven Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Cash also directed sports information offices at the University of Montevallo (1977-82) and the University of South Alabama (1982-83). He entered seminary and the Christian ministry in 1983, but kept his hand in athletics as a sports information volunteer at the University of Texas-Pan American (1989-94). He returned to sports information full-time in 1998 with a short stint as an assistant SID at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University-San Marcos) and six months as SID at Samford University in the spring of 1999.
In his career, Cash has worked as information director for the NAIA's District 27, the Southern States Conference, and the Mississippi Soccer Association, and as a part-time sportswriter for daily newspapers in Jackson and Natchez, Miss. He has been an official scorer for minor league baseball teams in Jackson, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., Portland and Salem-Keizer, Ore., and now scores games for the Hillsboro (Ore.) Hops in the Northwest League. He has also served as the official scorer for the Oregon state high school softball championship games for the past four years.
Cash, 60, earned a Christian education degree from Belhaven in 1976, and master's degrees in divinity and Christian education from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., in 1987. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he has pastored churches in Edinburg, Texas, and Natchez, Miss., and is now a minister-at-large and pulpit supply for the Presbytery of the Cascades. He is also in his third year as an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies department at George Fox, teaching a Bible Survey course for first-year students.
Cash and his wife Debbie, an accountant at George Fox, live in Newberg and have two children: son Milton, 21, a student at Portland Community College, and daughter Megan, 19, a student at Belhaven. The Cashes attend Grace Baptist Church in Newberg.