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Sports writer wins national award

June 1, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Matthew D. Holmes, associate director of media relations for Western Michigan University's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, has been named the recipient of an inaugural writing award.

Holmes brought home a first-place award in the professional category of the new Sports Information Directors Writing Competition, which is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Writers Association.

He garnered the top honor for his story about WMU women's tennis alumni Noriko Saruta, Carrie Jeanmaire and Rattiya Hiranrat, who broke the University's all-time career wins record for women's tennis--one after another in three consecutive seasons.

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Holmes came to WMU in 2005 after two years with ESPN Radio in Indianapolis. He was promoted to his current position in 2007.

He is the primary media contact for the Bronco men's basketball program and is in charge of all media relations duties for volleyball and men's and women's tennis. He also serves as the radio analyst for men's basketball games on the road, hosts Bronco Insider features on the Bronco Review television program, and occasionally takes over play-by-play duties for the Broncos.

Holmes earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2002 and is close to completing a master's degree in sport management at WMU.

For more information on Bronco athletics, visit wmubroncos.com.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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