ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – 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. Among his Final Four duties
are coordinating interview schedules, handling credentials for upwards
of a thousand members of the media, assigning seats at games and
overseeing media hotel reservations.
Worlock was especially helpful communicating to the NCAA Division
I men's basketball committee the objections from the media to reduce
courtside seats at tournament sites including the Final Four.
"In the midst of trying times for basketball writers, Dave Worlock
has been an adamant ally and advocate in the NCAA office," said
USBWA President Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports. "He heard our concerns
about courtside seating and helped present them to the committee
in a way they could understand and identify with. At a time when
some in the NCAA didn't want to listen, Dave did. Dave takes great
pride in his work with the media. We appreciate his help in trying
to maintain our presence in covering the game's signature event."
Worlock has been a readily-available resource to reporters who
cover college basketball, especially the NCAA tournament.
"Dave has advocated for members of this organization throughout
a decade that has presented more than a few challenges," said Malcolm
Moran, a past USBWA president and currently the Director of the
Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI. "He has maintained lines
of communication, he has listened to our needs and concerns, and
he has done his best to help us do our jobs. Katha would have admired
his professionalism and unwavering devotion to a changing industry."
Worlock is the fifth administrator from the NCAA to receive the
Katha Quinn Award from the USBWA since it was first presented in
1991. The others are Bill Hancock (1999), Jim Marchiony (2004),
Greg Shaheen (2013) and Tom Jernstedt (2015).
"I can't begin to tell you how honored I am to receive this award
from the USBWA," Worlock said. "This truly is a special recognition
that I will always cherish."
The Katha Quinn Award is named in honor of the
former St. John's sports information director who passed away in
1989 after a courageous battle with cancer. Worlock will be presented
with the award at the USBWA's annual awards luncheon at this year's
NCAA Final Four in Houston on April 4.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was
formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter
Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at