Former CMU SID named to Hall of Fame
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Fred Stabley Jr., retired sports information director for Central Michigan University, will be inducted into the College Sports Information Director’s Hall of Fame in June. Stabley, whose career at CMU began in 1982 and continued through his retirement in 2005, is perhaps best known for tabbing a young high school basketball player named Earvin Johnson with the nickname Magic when he was a sports writer for the Lansing State Journal. The Stabley name is well regarded in the world of Michigan sports as the family spans three generations in sports information. His father, Fred Stabley Sr., also a member of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame, and his daughter Amy complete the trifecta. “I guess you could say I was born to be an SID,” Stabley said. “My father, Fred, was the SID for 32 years at Michigan State University, and my daughter Amy served as a full-time assistant as the baseball SID at The University of Texas at Austin before taking the head job at Oakland University.” Stabley will be enshrined in the CoSIDA Hall of Fame at the organizations annual convention June 13. He has been a CoSIDA member for 30 years, serving on the organization’s board of directors in the mid-1990s and becoming president in 2000-2001. He continued his service on the board through 2004.