ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – ESPN media relations vice presidents
Mike Soltys and Josh Krulewitz have been selected
as co-winners of the Katha Quinn Award by the U.S. Basketball
The USBWA presents the award annually to individuals who have
provided exceptional service to members of the media covering college
The award is named in honor of former St. John's University Sports
Information Director Katha Quinn, who passed away of cancer in 1988.
Soltys and Krulewitz will be honored at the USBWA's awards breakfast
held in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio on Monday,
April 7, at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel.
"Mike and Josh have earned the respect of writers for many years
and we are pleased to be able to honor them for their service and
dedication," said USBWA Executive Director Joe Mitch.
Soltys and 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, who was ESPN's first college intern in 1980, currently
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.
Previously, Soltys was responsible for ESPN's college basketball
publicity efforts among other duties and oversaw ESPN's comprehensive
25th anniversary publicity campaign in 2004 that received 12 public
relations awards, more than any other project in ESPN history.
Soltys serves on the Board of Imagine Nation Children's Museum
in Bristol, Conn., and previously served on the Board of Directors
of the Bristol Family Center, the marketing committee of the local
United Way chapter and on a sports information/marketing Advisory
Board for the University of Hartford.
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.
He also has oversight of the department's listings, viewer response,
photography and media web site efforts.
He has been with ESPN's communications department since 1990,
first as an intern, before joining the company as a fulltime publicist
Krulewitz played a key role in launching and helping direct public
relations efforts for ESPN's X Games and also led publicity efforts
for ESPN's award-winning, end-of-century SportsCentury project that
documented the greatest athletes, sports events and moments from
the 20th century.
He also serves on ESPN's committee to support and promote the
V Foundation for Cancer Research.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at
the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today,
it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball.
For more information on the USBWA and its awards, contact executive
director Joe Mitch at 314-421-0339.
• Katha Quinn Award
• Katz: Soltys, Krulewitz
– always a team (Tipoff: February 2008)