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RIP Walt McAlexander

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Football_Bat, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Just moved on the wire. Did anyone know him?

    Former Lubbock Christian SID dies
    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Walt McAlexander, a former sports writer, assistant athletic director and sports information director known for his love of statistics and attention to detail, died Wednesday at the age of 62 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
    McAlexander worked as a sports writer for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from 1964 to 1976 before becoming an assistant athletic director and sports information director at Lubbock Christian. He later worked as SID for Texas Tech.
    “Had it not been for Walt’s efforts, not only would the exploits of Lubbock Christian not have been made known, but more importantly, countless lives would have never benefited from McAlexander’s gentlemanly attitude, his tireless commitment to family, community and church, and his genuine love of sports,” Lubbock Christian said in a news release announcing McAlexander’s death.
    “He was just a great friend,” Tech baseball coach Larry Hays, who worked with McAlexander at both schools, said in a story in Thursday’s Avalanche-Journal. “He was someone who really cared for other people, and I don’t think I ever heard him be unkind to anyone at any time.”
    McAlexander was the lead SID for Lubbock Christian’s 1983 NAIA World Series champion and for the Texas Tech Lady Raiders’ NCAA champion team in 1993.
    At Tech, he also worked as the main media contact for the volleyball and baseball teams.
    He won national writing awards from the American Association of College Baseball Coaches in 1972 and 1973 and was named Texas Bowling Writer of the Year in 1977.
    “His strength was he was a detail guy,” said Burle Pettit, Avalanche-Journal editor emeritus and the sports editor who hired McAlexander in the mid 1960s. “Back in the days when you had to figure your own box scores and standings, everybody just hitched their chairs to Walt and he figured them out for them. He was very personable and such a detail guy that you never worried about his accuracy.”
    He received the Clarence “Ike” Pearson Award in 1988 for NAIA sports information director of the year and was inducted into the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.
    He served as president of the NAIA-SIDA from 1986-86.
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