Copp gets to know many of the student athletes on a personal level.
“We have some incredible student athletes whose stories are not just wins and losses. They have compelling stories of their lives and careers,” she said.
She is able to write those stories so well that she has assumed another official role: Directing the awards application process for the athletes. She began doing that unofficially several years ago in response to requests.
“And then they began to notice that the ones I worked on were getting the awards,” Copp said.
The rewards are great when she knows that her work has helped an athlete earn a scholarship or be recognized with a national award. She has helped several students with the application process, leading to NCAA scholarships for post-graduate work.
“I get to talk with the students … get to know them and find a compelling way to tell their story so that it stands out,” she said.
Copp can just look around her niche in the office complex for athletic communications located on the upper level at the north end of the stadium and marvel at how things have changed since she got that part-time job as a student. She was manager of the women’s basketball team.
It wasn’t until the 1977-78 school year that women athletes were attending on athletic scholarships, and she is proud of the role women’s sports play in OU’s athletic program.
Copp has been active for many years in the College Sports Information Directors of America and chairs the organization’s committee on committees.
Her work in sports information and with the organization was recently recognized when she was inducted into organization’s Hall of Fame. She is only the second OU staffer to receive that honor, the other being Harold Keith, legendary OU sports publicity director from 1930 to 1969.