USciences Athletics SID Tabbed for Hall of Fame
Longtime University of the Sciences Sports Information Director Bob Heller has been selected by the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association for induction into the Association’s Hall of Fame.
Heller, now in his 16th season at USciences will be joined in the Association’s Hall of Fame by Dennis Stanton, a former first team All-American from Ursinus College, and Robert “Dondi” DeShields, the all-time winningest coach at Community College of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association will hold their induction ceremony at their annual banquet on Monday, March 18, 2013.
The Association’s Hall of Fame inducted their first class in 1997, enshrining five legendary area small college coaches, including former Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science (PCPS, now USciences) head men’s basketball Coach Bobby Morgan, who won 598 games in 32 seasons at the school. There are currently 23 members of the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Hall of Fame, consisting of coaches, players and those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the organization over the years and who by his or her activities, have brought dignity and prestige to the organization. Heller is the first sports information director ever to be inducted by the Association and just the third individual who was neither a player nor coach.
A Villanova University graduate, Heller became involved with the Small College Coaches Association in 1998 and was added to the Association’s executive board at the start of 2000-01 season. For the past 13 years, he has been responsible for organizing the Association’s bi-weekly luncheons, and end of year senior banquet and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Heller also handles all the Association’s membership services. He was honored with the Association’s Sam Cozen Service Award in 2003. Heller has served on several committees over the years as a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), most recently as a district coordinator on the Academic All-America Committee, where in 2012-13 he will serve as the district coordinator for Division III men’s basketball for District IV (Pennsylvania schools). Heller is also currently serving as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) SID president.
Joining the staff at PCPS in 1997 and quickly assumed the sports information duties to become the University’s first, full-time sports information director He immediately set out to improve the athletic department’s and the institution’s visibility in the local media. He began the department’s presence on the internet overseeing its growth from a single web page to its current format with its own domain (www.devilsathletics.com) and over 5,000 pages. Heller also was involved in the department’s transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division II and served as the sports information director for the CACC from 1999 to 2000.
In 2005, Heller added the title of assistant athletic director to his resume and also earned the Grant Burger Media Award, given by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for excellence in publicizing the sport of college volleyball. In addition, he has served as an academic advisor for first-year student-athletes since 2002 and recently completed his 15th season as the Devils head cross country coach, twice earning CACC coach of the year honors.
Prior to coming to USciences, Heller spent four years as an assistant SID at Drexel University and was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers public relations game day staff for eight seasons.