|Title:||Sports Information Director|
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 12th year as the sports information director at George Fox University.
Cash is responsible for the publicity for the Bruins’ 15 varsity sports, 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 holds professional memberships in the United States Basketball Writers Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. For the last six 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), handling the school’s sports publicity for four years as a student and one year (1976-77) ful-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 was official scorer for the Jackson Mets/Generals Texas League baseball teams for five seasons and the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League for one, scored the 1999 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament and the Portland Rockies’ Northwest League season in 2000, and has been making the calls for the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League since the 2001 season. He also serves as official scorer at several of the Oregon state high school baseball championships each spring in Keizer, Ore.
Cash, 57, 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 pulpit supply for the Presbytery of the Cascades. He and his wife Debbie, an accountant at George Fox, live in Newberg with their two children, Milton, 18, and Megan, 16. The Cashes attend Grace Baptist Church in Newberg.