USTFCCCA Excellence In Communications

Last updated: December 13, 2019

Excellence In Communications

Athletics communications representatives at schools and conferences who have committed to excellent coverage and support of collegiate track & field and cross country are eligible to be nominated for the award in recognition of their service to the sport by coaches, other athletics communications representatives, media members and the general public.The efforts of these hard-working individuals around the nation are crucial in generating interest and exposure for the sports of collegiate track & field and cross country, and the USTFCCCA will honor three – one per NCAA Division and one representing the NAIA – after both the track & field and cross country seasons.

Among the criteria considered for the award:

  • Exhibiting consistent, innovative, high-quality coverage of the sport
  • Demonstrating a record of improving coverage and public awareness in the area/campus, etc.
  • Taking risks with their decisions in hopes of increasing awareness of the sport
  • Displaying the utmost professionalism in interactions with the media, coaches and student-athletes.
  • Effectively and cleverly utilizing multimedia and social media.
  • Bringing understanding to an individual/subject/cause through excellence in feature writing, producing or promoting.

Timeframes for the Excellence in Communications Award

Cross Country

Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

Nominations Open (All NCAA & NAIA):
Late November
Nominations Open (All NCAA & NAIA):
Mid-May
Nominations Close (All NCAA & NAIA):
Early December
Nominations Close (All NCAA & NAIA):
Mid-June

TRACK & FIELD

YEAR
NCAA DI
NCAA DII
NCAA DIII
NAIA
2018
Zach Dirlam, Florida
Blake Timm, GNAC
Temitope Bajulaiye, Babson College
Award Not Given
2017
Jared Prescott, Tennessee
Anthony Jeffries, Saint Augustine’s
Alex Keil, Illinois College
Award Not Given
2016
Matthew Staudt, Purdue
Jon Holtz, Slippery Rock
Mark Therrien, WPI
Award Not Given
2015
Jake Most, Kentucky
Mark Moschetti, Seattle Pacific
Dave Wrath, Augustana (Ill.)
Award Not Given
2014
Will Stafford, LSU
Bill Morgal, Shippensburg
Shawn Medeiros, Wheaton (Mass.)
Award Not Given

CROSS COUNTRY

YEAR
NCAA DI
NCAA DII
NCAA DIII
NAIA
2019
Andy Jobanek, Portland State
Craig Craker, Northwest Nazarene
Chris Lindeke, UW-Whitewater
Haley Gimre, Taylor (Ind.)
Linda Sprouse, Colorado
Mark Moschetti, Seattle Pacific
Emily Zadny, North Central (Ill.)
Award Not Given
2017
Katie Morgan, San Francisco
Denise Archetto, Stonehill
Shawn Medeiros, Endicott
Award Not Given
2016
AJ Harrision, Wisconsin
Gregory Ruff, Trevecca Nazarene
Jim Naprstek, Loras College
Award Not Given
2015
Peter Clark, Boise State
Jon Holtz, Slippery Rock
Sam Atkinson, Gallaudet
Award Not Given
2014
Kevin Jenison, Indiana State
Bob Guptill, GNAC
Kirk Reynolds, Pomona-Pitzer
Award Not Given