Story Courtesy of Saginaw Valley State's Sports Information Department
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Saginaw Valley State University has announced the hiring of Nick McCutcheon as the new Assistant Athletic Director for Communications. McCutcheon joins SVSU following four years as the Sports Information Director at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Dearborn, Mich.
"We are excited to have Nick joining our Cardinal Athletics team," SVSU Director of Athletics John Decker said. "Communications is a key component for our operations and has evolved quickly in a short time due to advances in technology. We are confident that Nick possesses the skills, passion, and energy to guide SVSU us as we continue to adapt to new challenges in promoting the SVSU Athletics brand to a broad range of audiences, both within and beyond our region."
During his time at UM-Dearborn, McCutcheon helped build one of the top sports information departments in the NAIA, garnering numerous national awards for graphic design, social media engagement, website design, and writing. He was named the 2020 Gary Spitler Excellence in Publications Award winner, an honor given annually to one NAIA institution based on accomplishments across numerous disciplines in marketing, graphic design, and writing.
In 2020, McCutcheon earned 12 top-10 awards in the annual NAIA-SIDA Publications Contest, bringing his career total to 44 top-10 finishes. He also was named a UM-Dearborn Mentor of the Year for his work with the university's internship program. UM-Dearborn honored McCutcheon with the annual Department of Athletics & Recreation Acclaimed Staff Award for 2016-17.
Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, McCutcheon began his career in sports information at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., and served two years as the Sports Information Director for the Tigers.
"I want to thank all those at UM-Dearborn for their support over the last four years and the opportunities that they provided me," McCutcheon said. "I also want to the John Decker, the search committee, and the entire Cardinal Athletics team for this opportunity. I look forward to continuing to uphold the high standards at SVSU while pushing Cardinal Athletics communications to new heights."
McCutcheon attended Michigan State University and graduated in 2009 with a Master's Degree in Journalism. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2007. While in college, McCutcheon was a member of the UM-Dearborn lacrosse team. McCutcheon, a native of Southgate, Mich., currently resides in a suburb of Detroit with his girlfriend Allyssa Kerby.