Eastern’s new SID rarin’ to go

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer

PORTALES — Adam Pitterman has wasted little time getting acclimated to the position as Eastern New Mexico University’s sports information director.

The native of western New York was hired in early June to replace Robert McKinney, who left after eight years at ENMU to take a similar position at Division III Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

“I’m kind of diving right into it,” said Pitterman, 34. “I love it so far. All the coaches have been great.”

ENMU athletic director and volleyball coach Mike Maguire said Pitterman brings enthusiasm to his work.

“He’s been a lot of places, and everybody we talked to (before hiring him) said they would like to have had him for a longer period,” Maguire said. “Adam’s doing a great job, and my coaches have said that.”

Pitterman was the assistant SID last year at Division III State University of New York at Brockport, where he earned an undergraduate degree in December 1998. He worked in an athletic department with 23 varsity sports.

“I think I had to do a little more than a normal assistant sports information director,” he said. “Twenty-three sports, including football, is pretty back-breaking.”

The area isn’t totally new for Pitterman. He has worked in sports information in Texas (UT-Pan American and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) and Mississippi (Delta State), and he has a brother who lives in El Paso, Texas.

Of working below the Division I level, he said: “You try to do more with less. Most of the time you have smaller budgets. But I’ve worked with a lot of great people, and I’ve learned from them.”

Maguire has been impressed to this point.

“So far, Adam has just come in and focused on work,” he said. “He’s quiet, but he’s all business.”