6th Annual Hoopsville Marathon to air Thursday

CONTACT: Dave McHugh (410-599-5608, dave.mchugh@d3sports.com)

Dave McHugh to host show that focuses on Division III basketball

HUNT VALLEY, Md. – For the fifth consecutive year, there will be multiple hours of wall-to-wall Division III basketball for everyone to enjoy. The 6th Annual Hoopsville Marathon Show airs Thursday, Jan. 31 hosted by Dave McHugh.

Hoopsville, the premier show for Division III basketball, will air from 12 p.m. to at least 8 p.m. ET on Thursday to celebrate Division III hoops. It serves as a way for fans to catch-up on the season which has entered the final four weeks of the regular season. The 8-hour marathon show will feature guests from around the country including coaches who will help break down conferences races and take a look at teams positioning themselves for the NCAA tournament. Viewers can catch the show by visiting www.d3hoopsville.com or on the show’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Hoopsville). Fans can also interact with McHugh on Facebook, Twitter (@d3hoopsville), or by emailing the show (hoopsville@d3hoops.com).

"The Marathon Show has become a staple of the Division III basketball season,” said host McHugh. “We get questions all season long as to when the show is scheduled. Fans, coaches, and many others make it part of their day to listen and celebrate not only college basketball, but Division III.”

The super-sized show gives basketball fans to better understand the landscape of Division III basketball heading into the final month of the year. At the same time, the show takes time to celebrate Division III with interviews with former players and alumni of Division III institutions. “It is a true celebration of what makes Division III not only unique, but great,” explains McHugh.

"For 15 years, 'Hoopsville' has provided Division III men's and women's basketball a platform rarely afforded to small college sports and given programs, coaches and student-athletes nationally a voice they deserve," said Ira Thor, Director of Athletic Communications and Marketing at New Jersey City University, CDMAC Chair and D3SIDA Past President. "D3hoops.com is the source for Division III basketball information and 'Hoopsville' allows those in the Division III basketball community to hear from the players, coaches and administrators directly. Dave's knowledge of Division III basketball is evident every time he's on the air.”

Hoopsville broadcasts online only and out of McHugh’s personal studio, officially the WBCA/NABC Studio, in his Baltimore, Md. area home. McHugh is the Broadcast Director for D3hoops.com (D3sports.com) as well as being on the Executive Board of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

“This show has become more than just something I enjoy doing,” McHugh added. “We know people look forward to hearing from coaches, players, administrators and others around the country and talking Division III basketball. We want to continue doing the show and making an impact on the sport along with the Division.”

"The NABC is proud to sponsor one of the best promotional and informative Division 3 basketball products, Hoopsville,” says Pat Cunningham, Associate Athletics Director and men’s basketball coach at the University of Trinity (Texas) as well as a member of the NABC Board of Directors. “The Marathon show that Dave McHugh does each year is well received by all NABC Coaches and is always a great lead in to the beginning of tournament time.”

“I speak on behalf of Division III sports information offices around the country when I say thank you for being such a tireless and dedicated advocate of the Division III game and for telling our stories," Thor added.

For more information about Hoopsville, you can check out the show’s website at www.d3hoopsville.com. You can also get browse the show’s media kit online here: www.bit.ly/2hqOIUC. Feel free to contact Dave McHugh via email (dave.mchugh@d3sports.com) or phone (410-599-5608) for more information.