May 3, 2011

Northeastern to honor longtime SID Jack Grinold

Jack Grinold (photo: Northeastern Athletics)

BOSTON — The Northeastern University athletics department has unveiled plans to honor its legendary sports information director, John P. “Jack” Grinold, for his nearly half-century of dedicated service.

Northeastern will hold a gala celebration on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the school’s historic Matthews Arena.

Grinold, now the associate athletics director for communications, first joined the university in 1962 and is widely regarded as the dean of New Englandsports information directors. Over his nearly five decades on Huntington Avenue, he has developed a wide-ranging, innovative athletic communications office.

Often called “the innovator of innovators,” he shaped the careers of countless sports information professionals — including many who benefited from an internship program he established within the department.

At various points during his tenure with the university, Grinold has managed sports information, sports marketing, ticketing, and radio and television packaging. In 1985, he was elected to the Northeastern University Athletics Hall of Fame, becoming the first non-athlete or coach to receive the honor.

In 1998, as part of Northeastern’s centennial celebration, he was chosen as one of the 100 individuals responsible for the institution’s growth and success.

He has been recognized several times by the national organization for college athletic communications, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He was inducted to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 1999 received the organization’s Community Service Award.

In 2003, Grinold was inducted to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2009 to the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame. He was the first recipient of the New England Information Publicity Plus Award in 1971, and earned the ECAC Service Bureau Award in 1979. Additionally, in 2009, he received the ECAC Commissioner’s Award, and in 2010 the ECAC-SIDA Award for Distinguished Achievement.

He also is the secretary of Boston’s celebrated Beanpot hockey tournament.

To register for the Sept. 10 tribute event, or to make a gift to the Grinold Family Scholarship, visit