This award is presented by the USBWA in memory of Katha Quinn, sports
information director at St. John's University who died of cancer. It is
given to recognize those in college basketball who have rendered a special
service to the USBWA and sportswriters who cover college basketball.
2020: Jim Haney,
National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC): Jim Haney
laughed at the thought that he was a media-friendly executive director of
the National Association of Basketball Coaches. For 28 years, he contends,
he was just doing his job. That meant always being available to the media,
even for the most controversial issues. That also meant doing his best to
bridge the gap that sometimes exists between the media and the coaches he
represented. While it was assumed that he had his coaches' back, it always
felt like he was watching out for reporters' best interests, as well. For
those reasons and more, Haney was named the 2020 winner of the Katha Quinn
Award, given annually in recognition of the recipient's work in serving
the media. Quinn was honored at the USBWA meeting at the 1988 Final Four
for her work at the 1987 Pan American Games while she underwent treatment
for liver cancer. She passed away in March 1989, at the age of 35.
2019: Mike Sheridan,
Sheridan worked for 14 years at Eastern
Basketball and its parent publication, Basketball Times, before coming to
Villanova in 1998. The lessons he learned during that period were invaluable
as he navigated the welcome but considerable challenges that came with being
at a program that has won two NCAA championships in the last three years.
Sheridan's patience, diligence, helpfulness and sunny personality have earned
him the USBWA's Katha Quinn Award, which is given annually in recognition
for the recipient's work in serving the media.
2018: Joe Castiglione,
University of Oklahoma
Joe Castiglione, vice president for intercollegiate
athletic programs at Oklahoma, was named the 2018 winner of the Katha Quinn
Award for exceptional service to the media. Castiglione served as chair
of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee during the 2015-16 season
and was involved in discussions about the possibility of having a USBWA
representative observe the committee's deliberations. He becomes the third
winner who was affiliated with the Georgetown basketball program, the biggest
rival on the St. John's schedule when the Big East schools rose to the top
of the national polls in the 1980s. Mark Asher of the Washington Post won
the award in 2002 and former Georgetown sports information director Jim
Marchiony was recognized in 2004.
2017: Bernie Cafarelli,
American Athletic Conference
2016: Dave Worlock,
Dave Worlock, who serves as the primary media contact for
the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship, has been selected to
receive the Katha Quinn Award from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association
for service to the media. Worlock, who has been with the NCAA since 2001,
has served as director of media coordination and statistics for the NCAA
tournament since 2013. He also oversees a 15-member staff responsible for
providing media services and statistics for all of the NCAA's 90 championships.
It is his work at the NCAA Final Four that has brought Worlock praise for
his level of cooperation and attention to detail for the many services he
provides the media.
2015: Tom Jernstedt,
Receiving an award is certainly nothing new for Tom Jernstedt.
He has been presented with the John Bunn Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame's highest honor short of induction; the Edward S. Steitz Award,
USA Basketball's recognition for service to international basketball' and
induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.
The USBWA would like to add to that impressive list with the 2015 Katha
2014: Brian Morrison, Atlantic
Brian Morrison's willingness to consider or
reconsider every facet of an issue and his easily accessible friendliness
are merely two reasons why the USBWA named Morrison the 2013-14 recipient
of the Katha Quinn Award for service to members, named for the St. John's
sports information director who died from liver cancer at 35, in 1989.
2013: Greg Shaheen, NCAA
This April, at the 75th anniversary celebration of the Final Four in Atlanta,
the Katha Quinn Award will be presented to Greg Shaheen, former vice president
of NCAA championships and alliances. When the title jargon was dynamited,
he was the man who ran the NCAA Tournament. And he ran it very well. Unfortunately
he only ran it until the last one.
2012: Kenny Klein, University
When the Louisville Cardinals play home games,
the final person to leave the media work room is Kenny Klein. He's the Senior
Associate Athletic Director of Media Relations at the school, and has been
the Louisville basketball media contact for 29 years. He is the very deserving
2012 winner of the USBWA's Katha Quinn Award, given annually to someone
in college basketball who has performed a special service to the media who
cover the sport.
2011: Oliver Pierce, Gonzaga
Oliver Pierce, in his 23rd year as assistant athletics
director and sports information director for Gonzaga University, has been
named winner of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Katha Quinn Award
for outstanding service to the media.
Gonzaga's growth into a major national
program in men's basketball has led directly to expanded media interest,
regular national television appearances and dramatically increased demands
upon Pierce and the Gonzaga sports information office. In addition to handling
media relations during Gonzaga's current run of 12 straight NCAA men's basketball
tournament appearances, Pierce directed the media campaign that led to Adam
Morrison sharing the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy with Duke's J.J. Redick
as national player of the year in 2006.
2010: Chris Fallon, National
Chris Fallon is the media coordinator
for the National Invitation Tournament, for the last 30 postseason events
and every one of the 25 preseason editions. She has run the press room for
the Garden for its college basketball games during that time. That means
she has seen the best of teams in November as the NIT Season Tip-Off has
become one of the best early season tournaments, the gamut of college teams
from the top of the polls to Division III matchups during the regular season,
the always sold-out and power-packed Big East Conference tournament and
the best of the rest in the NIT.
2009: John Paquette, Big East
|John Paquette receives the 2009 Katha Quinn
Award from Jim O'Connell. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese joined
When Mike Tranghese became the Big East commissioner
in 1990, his first hire was John Paquette. They had so much in common, it
was a natural. They understood the role of the media. They wanted to make
it as easy as possible for us to do our jobs. And they knew Katha Quinn.
It was 1989 when Katha, the beloved St. John's sports-information director,
died of cancer. Paquette could not attend the funeral because he was out
west attending to the media needs during Seton Hall's run to the national-title
game. It was 2001 when the USBWA honored Tranghese with our Katha Quinn
Award. The winner is defined as somebody who, like Katha herself, "has either
excelled at servicing the media or provides an inspiration to those in the
sports journalism profession." Tranghese and Paquette now have one more
thing in common. They are Katha Quinn Award winners. In Tranghese's final
year as commissioner, we honor the man he brought with him when he got the
2008: Josh Krulewitz and
Mike Soltys, ESPN
Mike Soltys and Josh Krulewitz have played
major roles at ESPN during their respective careers, working with the media
and promoting men's and women's college basketball on the ESPN family of
networks. Soltys serves as Vice President, U.S. Network Communications,
responsible for strategic planning for publicity for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic,
ESPNEWS, ESPNU and ESPN on ABC. Krulewitz serves as Vice President, Public
Relations for College, News and Networks Information. He oversees publicity
efforts for college sports, ESPNU, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and ESPNEWS
network and is one of ESPN's primary contacts with the media for men's and
women's college basketball and for numerous public issues ESPN faces on
a wide range of sports and topics.
|Andy Katz presents the 2008 Katha Quinn Award
to Mike Soltys and Josh Krulewitz of ESPN.
2007: Joe Mitch
Joe Mitch has been the USBWA's Executive Director since 1983. Under Mitch's
watch, the USBWA has, among other things, grown from 200 members to over
800, started a Hall of Fame, and initiated a sportswriting seminar at the
Final Four. He has overseen an increase in membership benefits, added the
USBWA Player of Year and Coach of Year events at the men's Final Four and
developed a new and improved relationship with the NCAA. Mitch began his
association with the USBWA as editor of The Tipoff in 1980 and was named
executive director 1983.
2006: Wayne Duke
As Walter Byers' assistant at the NCAA, Duke was assigned the task to write
the USBWA constitution and spearhead efforts to organize an association
of sports writers to promote college basketball. Duke was voted into the
USBWA's Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1988.
2005: Steve Kirschner
North Carolina sports information director
since 2000 who is widely known for his efforts to help the media cover one
of the highest profile college basketball programs in the country, particularly
the hiring of Roy Williams as head coach and the handling of Dean Smith's
2004: Jim Marchiony
Worked at the NCAA national office in various
communications roles dealing with television and media relations for over
17 years, including the last five as media coordinator for the NCAA tournaments.
Now an associate athletics director at Kansas after serving in a similar
capacity at Connecticut.
2003: Jack Watkins
Assistant commissioner at the Missouri Valley
Conference who persevered with his duties servicing the media while dealing
with the lifelong illness and death at age 6 of daughter Kate.
2002: Mark Asher
Noted sports writer for the Washington Post
who continued to cover major sporting events while battling serious health
problems for close to 20 years, many stemming from diabetes and kidney and
2001: Mike Tranghese
A former sports information director at
Providence College who worked his way up the ranks from league PR director
to commissioner of the Big East Conference and chair of the NCAA Division
I Men's Basketball Committee. Always has been regarded as a friend of the
media as a college athletics administrator.
2000: Tim Tolokan
Sports information director at Connecticut
for over 20 years and a favorite among the media covering the Huskies. "A
lot of places, when you call the SID office, you almost hope that you get
the voice mail," said AP basketball editor Jim O'Connell. "But at Connecticut,
you're hoping you get to talk to Tim."
1999: Bill Hancock
Director of the NCAA Division I men's basketball
tournament and former assistant commissioner and service bureau director
of the Big Eight Conference. Hancock started his career as assistant SID
at Oklahoma and later spent four years working with his brother on a family-owned
daily newspaper before joining the Big Eight. He has been with the NCAA
since 1989, overseeing all aspects of the NCAA tournament, including the
1998: Al Shrier
Longtime sports information director at Temple
University retired in 1995 after 42 years in sports information at Temple.
He received numerous honors from CoSIDA for his brochures and media guides.
1997: Craig Miller and Amy Early
USA Basketball publicists,
who, through tireless efforts, assisted many basketball writers in their
coverage of the "Dream Team" in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
1996: Rick Brewer
Former sports information director at North
Carolina. His easy-going, yet professional, style made the business of covering
Tar Heels' basketball much easier than it might have been.
1995: George Raveling
Former head coach at Washington State,
Iowa and USC was an accessible and thoughtful individual in his dealings
with the media during his career.
1994: Marvin "Swede" Johnson
Vice president of corporate affairs
at Coors Brewing Co. and person responsible for Coors' continued involvement
and sponsorship of the Most Courageous Award. Johnson initiated the idea
of producing a video of the most courageous recipient for the USBWA's annual
awards brunch at the NCAA Final Four.
1993: Roger Valdiserri
Sports information director for many
years at Notre Dame and a man who, in the view of many, was the best ever
in his business. His skill at assisting writers who were assigned to cover
Notre Dame and ability to make the task much easier is legendary.
1992: Tom Frericks
Former athletic director at Dayton and also
chairman of the NCAA's Division I Basketball Committee who was especially
attentive to the needs of writers.
1991: Marvin "Skeeter" Francis
Longtime service bureau director
for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
1988: Katha Quinn
Sports information director at St. John's