Claflin University Sports Information Director Romanda Noble-Watson is one of three HBCU media relations specialists named national Sports Information Director of the Year by Black College Nines.

Noble-Watson, in her fifth year as the sports publicist at Claflin, received the Black College Nines’ honor in the small-school category.

Receiving the award in the large-schools category were Matt Wurzburger (Norfolk State University) and Robbie Kleinmuntz (Alcorn State University). The Black College Nines Sports Information Directors of the Year falls under the Special Service Award Category of the postseason honors.

Black College Nines is a baseball news website dedicated to preserving the legacy of historically black colleges and universities baseball.

At Claflin, Noble-Watson is responsible for coordinating media relations efforts for Claflin’s 11 athletic programs and the department. In addition to her duties at Claflin, she is secretary of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Sports Information Directors Association and serves on the CIAA volleyball championship committee.

Additionally, Noble-Watson is a member of the media coordination team for the NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series, member of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Regional Committee (Region III) and serves on the NCAA Stats Advisory Board for volleyball. Noble-Watson previously served as the timeout coordinator for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament (2013 and 2014).

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Prior to coming to Claflin, Noble-Watson served as the assistant sports information director at South Carolina State University for seven years (2007-2014). Before that, she served as the assistant sports information director at Howard University for 6-1/2 years (2000-2007) and as the sports information director at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore from 1997 to 2000.

A native of Washington, D.C., Noble-Watson received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Maryland and her master’s in communications management from Webster University.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Black College Sports Information Director Association, Women Sports Information Directors of America (formerly FAME), and College Sports Information Directors of America, where she is a member of the Special Awards Committee and a mentor in the CoSIDA Mentorship Program.

She is married to LTC (R) Anthony L. Watson.

For the most up-to-date information on Claflin athletics visit athletics.claflin.edu.

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