@TigersMedia receives three Nation's Best honors
Ron Mears begins his sixth year as the primary contact for men's basketball in the Office of Athletic Media Relations after a 10-year stint as the director of sports information at Nicholls State.
In addition to publicizing the U of M basketball program, Mears also assists with media relations for the Tiger football program as well as other assigned duties.
During his tenure, the Memphis basketball media guide has annually been ranked among the top 15 in Division I basketball according to publication contests conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The publication has grown from 182 pages prior to Mears' arrival to 240 pages for the 2003 brochure.
Mears, a 1986 graduate of Oklahoma State University, was named Nicholls State's SID in 1988 and received additional responsibilities as the assistant director of university relations in 1991.
While at the south Louisiana university, Mears produced the 1996 Nicholls State football media guide which was named Best in the Nation by CoSIDA. The football publication was named one of the top five nationally three times during Mears' final four years at the university. Mears was also honored in 1995 by CoSIDA, penning the Best Historical Feature in the organization's annual writing contest.
At Nicholls State, Mears was involved with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, coordinating the LSWA's basketball player of the week program for five years as well as various LSWA all-Louisiana teams. He served a two-year term as the LSWA's treasurer.
He has also assisted with media coordination at several NCAA and amateur athletic events including the 1992 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and two NCAA Final Fours. Since joining the staff at the U of M, he has assisted in media relations and scoring at the FedEx St. Jude Classic held annually at TPC Southwind.
Mears, a native of Jenks, Okla., previously worked as a sports writer at the Bartlesville, Okla., Examiner-Enterprise covering Big 8 and prep athletics.