RRAC SID of the Year 2016-17

2016-17 RRAC Sports Information Director of the Year
Mark Cantrell, LSU Shreveport

WACO, Texas -- There are times during home baseball games when Mark Cantrell does play-by-play on live streaming broadcasts, delivers public address announcements to the crowd, manages statistics, and directs the occasional sponsor promotion. That dedication and versatility is why the LSU Shreveport (La.) veteran was selected by his peers as the 2016-17 RRAC Sports Information Director of the Year. It's the second time in four years that Cantrell has received the award. 

Cantrell was selected in a vote by all RRAC sports information directors. The award recognizes the individual who has performed the best at promoting their school's athletics, collaborating with fellow SIDs, serving the conference, maintaining timely and accurate information, driving media coverage, conducting gameday operations, and expanding social media outreach. It honors those that go above and beyond, while maintaining strong relationships across the conference. 

"Mark is the ultimate team player and is always the first to step up when help is needed," says LSUS Athletic Director Lucas Morgan. "His ability as a broadcaster and PA announcer is second to none, and our website continues to get better and better. We have our very own renaissance man! I couldn't be happier for Mark and I look forward to another year working with him."

Completing his eighth season in his role at LSUS, Cantrell again took the lead on sports information and broadcasting during the 2017 RRAC Baseball Tournament, which was hosted by the Pilots for the seventh straight year. He managed publicity around three national tournament teams (men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball), and two conference tournament champions. Cantrell even served as emcee of the RRAC Baseball Tournament banquet. 

In addition, the Shrveport native has played an important role in the establishment of a professional wall of fame in the LSUS baseball coaches offices, and he is building an All-American Wall of Fame in The Dock with recognition of all Pilot All-Americans. In advance of the return of men's and women's soccer to LSUS, Cantrell has been compiling the program's record book and preparing for a new facility. No doubt, he will be ready this fall and will on requests from visiting teams. 

"Mark never disappoints in his service to his counterparts thorughout the conference and, for that, I am grateful," shares Patty Constantin, the SID at Our Lady of the Lake. "His diligence and proficiency are unmatched, and I appreciate his camaraderie throughout the years. I join the rest of the conference in congratulating Mark on this highly deserving honor."

Cantrell joined LSUS in the summer of 2009 and now has over 19 years of experience in broadcasting including being the voice of the Pilots baseball team since 2004. His voice can also be heard at The Dock (LSUS' basketball arena) for the school's men's and women's home basketball games.

His broadcasting career began in 1997 during his sophomore year at Southwood High School when he volunteered to be a public address announcer for Shreveport Dixie Baseball in the summer for their All-Star Tournaments (Sub-District and District). His interest grew for broadcasting as he watched his father, Randy Cantrell, announce baseball games, rodeos, and the occasional auction.

With encouragement from those around him, he continued to apply for and get different positions in the broadcasting industry and continues to broadcast for the LSUS Pilots. Cantrell has broadcast at least one game in each of the four time zones in the U.S.

He is a graduate of Southwood High School in Shreveport where he lettered three years on the varsity baseball team. Cantrell recieved an Associates Degree in Broadcast/Journalism from Bossier Parish Community College in the Spring of 2004 and furthered his education receiving his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from LSU Shreveport in the Spring of 2006.

He is married to the former Jennifer Rigdon of Grand Cane, Louisiana. They are the proud parents of Elizabeth Jane "Lizzy" (7) and Macy Nicole (4).

"First of all let me say that I am humble to win this award once, let alone twice," Cantrell expresses. "I would like to thank all of my peers who thought enough of me to give me this great honor. I would also like to thank the athletic staff at LSU Shreveport who makes my job easy, beginning with our Athletic Director Lucas Morgan, James Dicken, and all of our coaches. I would also like to thank our basketball statistician Travis Shurling, our baseball statistician Tanner Craft and both of our photographers Bill Wood and Bianca Stakes, I could not do my job without them.

"I also want to thank my family, especially my wife Jennifer. I could not do what I do without the love and support from her and our kids, Lizzy and Macy."

Besides Cantrell's award this year and in 2013-14, Constantin is the only other RRAC SID of the Year honoree (2014-15 & 2015-16). 

RRAC SID of the Year Honorees

2013-14 Mark Cantrell (LSU Shreveport)
2014-15 Patty Constantin (Our Lady of the Lake)
2015-16 Patty Constantin (Our Lady of the Lake)
2016-17 Mark Cantrell (LSU Shreveport)