Paul Madison will be working his last day as sports information director on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
In his 48 years as the SID — 41 of those full-time, two part-time and five as a student — Madison has received 43 College Sports Information Directors awards, including eight Best in Nation awards.
However, Madison won’t be leaving Western for good. He will be sticking around Bellingham as Western’s Athletics Historian.
In 2011, Madison was one of two Washington State SIDs inducted into the Hall of Fame, according to WWU Athletics.
Steve Card, the current athletic director for Western, is confident they will find the right person to fill Madison’s position.
“We had some candidates visit campus a little over a week ago, and the search committee is processing that information,” Card said. “A recommendation will come forward, and we’ll work from there.”
While the Athletic Department is searching for a successor, Card acknowledges that the entire staff is working hard to find Madison’s replacement.
However, if the position isn’t filled by Wednesday, Sept. 30, then staff members, like Assistant Athletic Director T.H. Kamena and Assistant Sports Information Director Kevin Nunn, will fill in until the new SID is hired.
Currently, the department does not have a set date to hire a new SID, but he wants to make the decision as soon as possible, Card said.
The athletic staff has known about Madison’s retirement since June 11, 2015. Card admitted that while they would have liked to hire someone sooner, the entire staff knows the process takes time and must be done diligently in order to find the right person for the job.
“I think we would have liked to have been on a little quicker timeline than we ended up being on, but we’re moving closer to the end,” Card said.
Card foresees a few more weeks before the new SID is hired and settled at Western. Until that time, the staff will rely on employees like Kamena and Nunn to fill the shoes left behind by Western’s Hall of Fame SID.