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Xavier's Cassiere repeats as NAIA feature-writing winner

Ed Cassiere

Ed Cassiere

     June 25, 2012

     NEW ORLEANS — For the second straight year, Xavier University of Louisiana's Ed Cassiere received first place for features in the NAIA's Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest.
     Cassiere's winning story, published May 4, 2011, profiled 1940s XU men's track and field standout Herbert Douglas, who received an honorary degree from the university three days later. It was one of five stories by XU's sports information director to earn recognition Saturday during the NAIA Sports Information Directors of America Convention in St. Louis.
     Another feature, about medical-school-bound Jamaan Kenner of the men's basketball team, placed third. And in the season preview/review category, Cassiere placed second for his men's cross country preview, third for his women's volleyball preview and tied for eighth for his women's basketball preview.
A year ago Cassiere placed first for his feature about Douglas and men's tennis standout Jimmie McDaniel.
     Cassiere — who next month will begin his seventh year at Xavier — has received 13 NAIA writing awards the past four years, including three firsts, three seconds and three thirds.
     The College Sports Information Directors of America also awarded Cassiere first place for event coverage in District 6, which comprises Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas and includes NCAA and NAIA members. His entries in that category were accounts of the women's basketball team's second-round loss to Oklahoma City in the 2011 NAIA Division I National Championship and the volleyball team's semifinal comeback victory against Dillard in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. It's the second straight year that Cassiere earned first place in the district for writing. He's the only Louisiana sports publicist to win in the district for writing in 2012 or 2011.


 

 
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