Jan. 31, 2016
SPRINGFIELD -- The man who orchestrated Missouri State University's athletics information and publications efforts for more than 36 years was recognized for his exemplary and ground-breaking career here Sunday night. Mark Stillwell was honored as part of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame's 2016 induction class at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center after serving as the sports information director at MSU from 1972-2008.
A native Springfieldian and graduate of Drury University, Stillwell guided the Bears through a number of affiliation changes through the years from MIAA prominence to Mid-Continent charter membership and later to the Gateway and Missouri Valley Conference days. He also directed the information efforts as MSU hosted NCAA competition in eight different sports.
His primary Bears' sport responsibilities during his tenure were football and men's basketball, while he provided color commentary on basketball radio broadcasts for more than 20 years. He was honored with more than 60 publications and writing awards from CoSIDA and CASE and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CoSIDA in 2008. He was a 2008 inductee into the MVC Hall of Fame as winner of the Paul Morrison Award, was inducted into the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009 and was honored by the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Stillwell paralleled his Missouri State career with 28 years in the U.S. Navy, serving on active duty from 1967 to 1970 and retiring from the Navy Reserve in 1991 with the rank of Captain.
He and his wife Tina remain active in the Springfield community along with their cocker spaniel, Hardy. These days, the "SID" helps coordinate the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame and volunteers for the Southwest Missouri Humane Society and Springfield Little Theatre. He has also been an official scorer for Springfield Cardinals since 2005.
Joining Stillwell in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame class of 2016 were: Mizzou Tigers football coach Gary Pinkel; former big-league pitcher Jerry Reuss, longtime NFL coach Gregg Williams, Springfield native and retired PBR bull rider L.J. Jenkins, Kansas City Chiefs center Tim Grunhard, St. Joseph native and Olympic gymnastics silver medalist Terin Humphrey, Kansas City native and St. Louis Cardinals linebacker Eric Williams, longtime Kansas City Royals scouting director Art Stewart, Evangel University men’s basketball coach Steve Jenkins, West Plains native and former Texas Christian University baseball coach Lance Brown, former University of Missouri and Olympic track and field standout Natasha Kaiser-Brown, Missouri Southern men’s basketball coach Robert Corn, St. Louis University High School racquetball coach Joe Koestner, John Burroughs High School football coach Jim Lemen, The John Burroughs School football program and the Mizzou Tigers’ 1966 Sugar Bowl team. The John Q. Hammons Founder’s Award will go to Med-Pay, Inc., owned by Gordon and Marshall Kinne, and Ken Meyer of Meyer Communications is the recipient of the President’s Award.