CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Otto German and Cross Country & Track Field Head Coach Amy Seago were honored with state service awards for their dedication to the College of Charleston on Wednesday at TD Arena.
German, a Mt. Pleasant native, was a four-year letterwinner from 1970-73 and was just the second-ever African-American student-athlete to receive a full basketball scholarship at The College. Prior to his work in athletics compliance, German served as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs at CofC from 1973-76 and was the Assistant Director of Student Activities from 1976-79. He later assumed the role of Assistant Director of Admissions from 1979-86 and then Associate Dean of Admissions from 1986-92. A 2009 Eddie Ganaway Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, German is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Avery Institute where he served as secretary.
“What this really means to me is that I’ve been a part of something very special,” German said. “First, to be able to help integrate the college and then being employed one month after receiving my degree, I’ve been in a position to give something back to the University – It’s been a wonderful journey. "
Seago, a native of Canton Ohio, is entering her 11th year at the helm of the Cougars’ cross country & track and field programs. Under her tutelage, CofC's student-athletes have captured 18 conference titles in six different individual events and earned three trips to the NCAA Outdoor Regionals.
Prior to coming to Charleston, Seago served as the head women's cross country and assistant men's and women's track & field coach at Washington & Lee University for two years as well as serving as graduate assistant at Pittsburg State in Kansas where she earned her master's degree in physical education.
State service awards were presented to those individuals on staff who have been recognized for 10, 20 and 30 years of service.
Following the ceremony Seago reflected on her experiences at The College, “It’s an honor to have served at the College of Charleston for 10 years and I feel like I was lucky to come in at the right time. I remember when I was first hired and how fortunate I felt – I still feel that way today. The future is bright.”