GAINESVILLE, Fla. (NCBWA) – John Sullivan, who
has been an Assistant Communications Director with Rice baseball
since 2004 and worked with the sport his entire professional career,
is the 40th recipient of the Wilbur Snypp Award, presented annually
by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for outstanding
contributions to college baseball.
"The Snypp Award was an unexpected surprise," Sullivan said.
"I am very thankful and honored. College baseball is this amazing
combination of coaches sharing their knowledge and passion for the
game, student-athletes playing with a distinctive energy and attitude,
and the game itself – which can be enjoyed at any level for different
reasons. I now know it's true that if you find a job you love, you'll
never work a day in your life."
"Rice coach Wayne Graham is a legend, no question," he added.
"He is in four different halls of fame, and if people don't know
that, then he needs a better SID. How often does someone get a chance
to be around someone like that? It's been great experience to get
professionally, and a great experience that I've enjoyed the last
"The work and service that the NCBWA does on behalf of college
baseball is exemplary," Sullivan noted. "The organization has helped
college baseball continue to grow and allows the student-athletes
and coaches to have their story told and preserved."
A Houston native, Sullivan is in his 14th year at Rice and serves
as the primary media contact for the Owls' baseball, soccer and
swim teams. He assists the SID staff with game-day operations for
the other sports teams, helps with daily updates of the Owls' athletics
web site, is involved with publishing of various game-day programs
and he has served as the public address announcer at a number of
Rice sporting events.
Sullivan has been a dedicated member of NCBWA for over 25 years
and has assisted in stats' compilation, nomination process and updating
of NCBWA pre- and postseason All-America and All-District teams.
He is one of the most highly-respected baseball media contacts nationally
and noted for his assistance to fellow SIDs whenever possible.
"John Sullivan epitomizes the spirit and devotion of the NCBWA,"
NCBWA executive director Bo Carter said. "He is known as one of
the most hard-working and effective baseball publicists nationally
and has devoted countless hours to the promotion and coverage of
college baseball. He is a very deserving candidate for this honor."
Sullivan joined Rice in September, 2001, after working the previous
11 years as an assistant SID at the University of Houston. A 1988
graduate of Houston, Sullivan also served as an intern in the sports
information office at the University of Texas.
Sullivan joins an illustrious group of College Sports Information
Directors of America Hall of Famers, noted national journalists
and others in receiving the award. The plaque memorializes longtime
Ohio State sports information director and NCBWA founder, the late
Wilbur (Bill) Snypp. Snypp was a noted contributor to the writers'
organization, which was initiated in 1962, as well as an officer
in the group. The NCBWA/Wilbur Snypp Award yearly honors a professional
for contributions to the sport of college baseball. Voting is conducted
by a panel of previous winners, who include past NCAA College World
Series directors, College Sports Information Directors of America
Hall of Fame members, decorated media members and others.
|ALL-TIME WILBUR SNYPP AWARD
Snypp, Ohio State
1976 Bill Esposito, St. John's
1977 Phil Langan,
1978 John Geis, Southern Conference
1979 Hank Schomber, Georgia
1980 Bob Culp, Western Michigan
1981 Lou Pavlovich Sr., Collegiate
1982 Tom Price, South Carolina
1983 Bob Bradley, Clemson
1984 Robert Williams, Omaha World-Herald
1985 Jerry Miles, NCAA
Larry Keefe, Seton Hall
1987 Tom Rowen, San Jose Mercury-News
Fred Gerardi, KESY Radio, Omaha
1989 Jim Wright, NCAA
1990 Steve Weller,
1991 Bill Little, Texas
1992 Kirk Bohls,
1993 Bo Carter, Southwest Conference
1994 Lou Pavlovich
Jr., Collegiate Baseball
1995 Steve Pivovar, Omaha World-Herald
Gary Johnson, NCAA
1997 Dave Wohlhueter, Cornell
1998 Allen Simpson,
1999 Alan Cannon, Texas A&M
Callis, Baseball America
Dick Case, USA Baseball
Russ Anderson, Conference USA
2003 John Manuel, Baseball America
2004 Dana Heiss Grodin, USA Today
2006 Mike Montoro,
2009 Al Chase,
Lou Spry, NCAA
2012 Eric Olson, Omaha World Herald
2013 J.D. Hamilton, NCAA
2014 John Sullivan, Rice
2015 David Feaster, Dick Howser Trophy
2016 Ralph Zobell, BYU