SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield College Sports Communication Department was recently recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for its successful efforts in the advancement and promotion of the sport of volleyball.
The College earned NCAA Division III Sports Information Director Women’s Volleyball Regional Honors for the New England area and also NCAA Division III Sports Information Director Men’s Volleyball Conference Honors during the announcement of the annual AVCA Grant Burger Media Award.
Led by Director of Sports Communication Brian Magoffin and Assistant Director of Sports Communication Jonathan Santer, Springfield College was the only institution in the country across NCAA Division I, II, and III as well as the NAIA, to be recognized by the AVCA in both men’s and women’s volleyball.
Their efforts included traditional releases and statistical coverage, in addition to enhanced web and video efforts to promote the success of the men’s and women’s programs, including highlight packages, postgame interviews, and features throughout the season.
“Brian and Jonathan have a knack for capturing the essence of what it means to be a student-athlete,” Springfield College Director of Athletics Cathie Schweitzer, said. “Our sports information team creatively thinks of ways to keep Springfield College athletics at the forefront and the coverage they provide promoting players, coaches, and the volleyball programs is unparalleled.”
During the 2014-15 season, the men’s volleyball team advanced to the national championship match for the seventh time in the past eight years, concluding the campaign with a 25-7 record. Springfield has captured nine Division III national championships as a men's volleyball program, including winning the previous three NCAA Division III Championships after claiming the crowns in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The women’s volleyball squad finished with a 20-11 record this past season and made its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Championship, the longest such streak in the storied program’s history.
The AVCA Grant Burger Media Award is an honor intended to recognize members of the media who have been involved in the advancement of the sport of volleyball, whether it be through consistent coverage in all mediums (sports information, print, broadcasting, web content, college student reporter, and social media), production of volleyball-specific publications, or extensive radio and/or television exposure.