Cullowhee, N.C. – For a second-consecutive year, Western Carolina’s football media guide received an award as a part of a national publications contest. The 2018 Catamount Football Media Guide collected “First in the Nation” honors in the 2018-19 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) annual Publications and Digital Designs Contest, advancing from a runner-up finish in last year’s contest.

A complete listing of the CoSIDA award winners was released this week on on the heels of the national convention held last week at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

There are over 50 categories across the board in the annual CoSIDA Publications Contest with every program at each level of competition having the opportunity to receive recognition for their work. Fellow Southern Conference member, Chattanooga, claimed the runner-up spot in the 2018-19 design contest. It is the eighth CoSIDA Publications and Digital Designs Contest recognition for UTC in the last eight years. The Mocs’ Football Media Guide was voted “First in the Nation” in 2016 and No. 2 in the FCS in 2014.

Last year’s first-place winner, Missouri State, claimed the “best cover” honor this year.

Western Carolina 2018 Football Media Guide

The 2018 Western Carolina Football Media Guide was a product of the Western Carolina Athletics Department and the Office of Athletics Media Relations, written, designed and edited by Daniel Hooker, Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations. Editorial assistance was provided by Directors of Media Relations Steven Grandy and Denise Gideon, as well as Catamount Sports Network correspondent, Greg McLamb. Special thanks to former WCU Sports Information contacts including Mike Cawood, Jody Jones, and Steve White for their part in the historical assistance in the publication.

The covers were designed by Daniel Hooker with element assistance from Todd Charles of WCU Marketing. The majority of the photos in the annual publication were provided by WCU’s Office of Communications and Public Relations with photographers Mark Haskett (retired) and Ashley Evans with select entries provided by the late Danny Hirt, a WCU alum. Printing of the publication was completed on-campus by Tom Frazier and the staff of the WCU Print Shop.

Western Carolina opens the 2019 football season on Saturday, August 31 as the Catamounts host the Mercer Bears in not only the season opener, but also the first SoCon game at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. With a 6:00 pm kickoff, the home opener will also feature a postgame fireworks extravaganza, presented by Ingles and iHeartRadio partners, 99.9 FM Kiss Country and Star 104.3.

Season tickets for all six home dates in 2019 are on sale now through the Catamount Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (800) 34-GOWCU, and online at

Returning WCU Football season ticket holders must renew their season tickets by June 28, 2019, to lock-in their same seats from last year. The Catamount Club’s fiscal year deadlines for renewals is Sunday, June 30. Single-game tickets for individual home games are set to go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

Keep track of everything related to Catamount football and WCU Athletics through its social media outlets on Facebook ( and Twitter (@catamounts, @WCU_FB), as well as video updates on the department's YouTube channel (CatamountSports).

Important Upcoming Dates in Catamount Athletics / Catamount Football:

Friday, June 28 – Catamount football season ticket renewal deadline

Sunday, June 30 – Catamount Club fiscal year renewal deadline

Monday, July 22 – Southern Conference Football Media Day (Spartanburg, S.C.)

Thursday, August 1 -- Catamount Football Student-Athletes Report for fall camp

Friday, August 2 – First scheduled practice of 2019 preseason (helmet only)

Wednesday, August 7 – Catamount football single-game tickets go on-sale

Friday, August 16 – Western Carolina University Freshman Move-In Day

Monday, August 19 – First day of classes for the fall semester

Friday, August 30 – the 15th Annual Bob Waters Memorial golf tournament at the Waynesville Inn – Golf Resort & Spa

Saturday, August 31 -- 2019 Catamount Football season and home-opener vs. Mercer