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Doyle SmithDoyle Smith to Receive VaSID Distinguished Service Award

February 21, 2000 -- Edward Doyle Smith Jr., retired associate athletic media relations director at the University of Virginia, has been named the 2000 recipient of the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented by VaSID to honor outstanding service to college athletics in Virginia.

Smith, who retired last August after serving as a member of the Virginia athletic media relations office staff since 1968, was cited for his overall work at U.Va., but specifically for his contributions to the sport of lacrosse.

During his tenure at Virginia, Smith worked with most of U.Va.'s intercollegiate athletic teams, but is best known for his work with the men's lacrosse team. He worked with the U.Va. men's lacrosse team from 1969 until his retirement and was the information director for the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) from 1973-95. The USILA's annual media award is named the Doyle Smith Media Award in his honor.

Smith received the Evan "Bus" Male Service Award in 1982 and 1999, recognizing his untiring and devoted service to U.Va. athletics, and the Virginia men's lacrosse team's award for the individual with the highest grade point average each year is named in his honor.

Smith was born in Bend, Ore., and graduated from Corvallis High School. He is a 1966 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a major in history and he is a member of ODK National Leadership Fraternity. Smith earned a master's degree in American History at Johns Hopkins in 1968.

VaSID has presented the Distinguished Service Award since 1987 and Smith is the 16th recipient of the award. He will receive the award in June.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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