CU’s David Plati to be inducted to CoSIDA Hall of Fame

Colorado’s David Plati will be inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame.

A 1982 CU graduate, Plati has worked in the sports information department for 41 years, including 35 as the director of the department. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 10 at the CoSIDA convention in Orlando, Fla.

Plati, the longest-tenured SID in CU history, is the fourth Buff to be inducted to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame, joining predecessors Fred Casotti (inducted in 1996), Mike Moran (2002) and Steve Hatchell (2018).

“It’s obviously a very humbling honor to be selected for induction in the hall of fame of your profession,” Plati said in a press release from the school. “No doubt, there are a lot of great SIDs around the country who are worthy of induction, and just to be considered is an honor. But the thing I’m most proud of in my career is the number of students who have worked for us that we have put into the profession. It’s easily over 100, if not more. A lot of them have gone on to have great careers in the pros and colleges and I think that speaks to the work we have done over the years.”

Earlier this year, Plati received the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) lifetime achievement award.

CU’s sports information department is widely recognized among the best in the country. Since 2010, CU has earned the FWAA Super 11 award — honoring the best departments working with football media — five times. CU has also received the FWAA award for outstanding press box operation three times during Plati’s tenure.

“David is very deserving of this honor,” CU athletic director Rick George said. “I’m very happy for him and proud of the way he has represented the university over the past 40 years. He has played a big role in this department for many, many years and has obviously been outstanding at his job.”

Originally hired by Eddie Crowder, Plati has worked for five of CU’s six full-time athletic directors, as well as dozens of coaches in a variety of sports. He has worked or covered more than 2,150 CU events, including 466 football games. At one point, he attended 410 consecutive CU football games. In addition, he has worked five BCS National Championship games and, all five College Football Playoff title games, eight Rose Bowls and two Fiesta Bowls.

“He is Colorado,” former CU head football coach Dan Hawkins said. “Administrators, coaches, professors, students — they all come and go. But Dave has been there longer than them all. He is an institution. He is so passionate about Colorado and dedicated to his work. He’s a grinder. He gets the job done and he does it with professionalism and excellence.”

Only once during his tenure did Plati contemplate leaving CU — for an opportunity with the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball — but his love for his Buffs kept him in Boulder.

“I’m a dinosaur,” he said earlier this year. “I’m very fortunate to work at my alma mater for 40 years, that’s for sure.”

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