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Released January 7, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS RECREATIONAL SPORTS STAFF ASSUME NEW DUTIES; CURRENT, FORMER STAFF HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO COLLEGIATE INTRAMURAL SPORTS
By Stacey Ready

HATTIESBURG -- Two longtime members of The University of Southern Mississippi's recreational sports administrative staff have assumed new duties at the university's Hattiesburg campus.

In addition, a current staff member and a former director of Southern Miss Recreational Sports were recently honored for their contributions to collegiate intramural sports.

Mike Giles, Sr. is the new director of Southern Miss Recreational Sports, and Sid Gonsoulin will assume new duties as associate vice president of student affairs and executive director of recreational sports at Southern Miss.

Giles previously served as associate director of aquatics and risk management at the Payne Center. Gonsoulin was director of recreational sports before taking his new post with student affairs.

"I look forward to the opportunity we have in making a difference in the lives of the students, staff, friends, alumni, and faculty who take part in the varied programs and services we offer here at Southern Miss," Giles said.

Giles will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of every facet of the recreational sports programs, services, and facilities in his new position.

As associate vice president, Gonsoulin will oversee operations of the university's food services, health services, recreational sports, residence life, and student union. His primary responsibility in recreational sports will be to provide oversight of budgets and facility projects.

"With a veteran staff, dedicated and loyal to the core, there is no doubt through Mike's leadership, Southern Miss Recreational Sports will continue to make great contributions in advancing the mission of the university," Gonsoulin said.

On Dec. 27 in New Orleans, Steve Rey was inducted into the National Flag Football Championships Hall of Fame, and former Southern Miss Recreational Sports Director Lou Marciani was also inducted into the same class of inductees. Rey, Southern Miss associate director of recreational sports, was cited for 25 years of leadership as coordinator of officials for the championships, while Marciani was cited as a founding member of the championships.

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