All-America Program

Jim Nantz Award & All-America Program

About the STAA All-America Program

2012NSSA685The STAA All-America program recognizes the most outstanding collegiate radio and TV sportscasters in the country and encourages collegiate sportscasters nationwide to strive to achieve their best. Each spring, the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sportscaster is presented the Jim Nantz Award, named in honor of the award winning CBS sports broadcaster.

Awards include the Jim Nantz Trophy, STAA membership services, and All-America certificates. The Nantz Award winner will also receive hotel accommodations and admission to all the activities of the 2014 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) awards weekend June 7th thru 9th in Salisbury, NC, culminating in the NSSA awards banquet where the Jim Nantz Trophy will be presented.

The 2014 Jim Nantz Award winner and STAA All-Americans will be announced during a live stream event on Friday, May 9th at 4pm EDT. Follow us on Twitter or check back here on the 9th to watch the stream.


2014 Jim Nantz Award Watch List

The Watch List features the early favorites for the 2014 Jim Nantz Award and STAA All-America program. The Watch List is comprised primarily, but not exclusively, of student sportscasters who earned Top 20 or Honorable Mention recognition in last year’s rankings. However, there is no guarantee the 2014 Jim Nantz Award winner is included on this list. Names are listed alphabetically by last name.
  • Robert Bacaj (Sr, Syracuse)
  • Bianca Buono (Sr, Emerson College)
  • Kevin Fitzgerald (Sr, Syracuse)
  • Ben Fontana (Sr, Syracuse)
  • Brenna Greene (Sr, Gonzaga)
  • Rob Joyce (Sr, Hofstra)
  • Chris Marasco (Sr, Fordham)
  • Joe Roberts (Sr, Western Michigan)
  • DJ Sixsmith (Jr, Fordham)
  • Michael Sullivan (Sr, Hofstra)
  • Jared Ware (Sr, Rhode Island College)
  • Michael Watts (Jr, Fordham)

Lippman 2013 Jim Nantz Award Winner


Senior Ross Lippman has been chosen by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster for 2013. The announcement was made on Friday, May 10th. Lippman is a senior at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He is one of three Emerson students to rank in 2013′s Top 20. The others are junior Bianca Buono, who ranked 16th, and senior Jaclyn Cangro at No.17.

2013 STAA All-Americans

  • Kevin Dexter (Sr, Hofstra)
  • Caleb Lamb (Sr, Syracuse)
  • Nick Gryniewicz (Sr, U. of South Florida)
  • Dan Cohen (Sr, Syracuse)
  • Greg Brzozowski (Sr, Elon)


  1. Ross Lippman (Sr, Emerson College)
  2. Kevin Dexter (Sr, Hofstra)
  3. Caleb Lamb (Sr, Syracuse)
  4. Nick Gryniewicz (Sr, U. of South Florida)
  5. Dan Cohen (Sr, Syracuse)
  6. Greg Brzozowski (Sr, Elon)
  7. Pat Boylan (Sr, Ball State)
  8. Chris Lewis (Sr, Syracuse)
  9. Greg Talbott (Sr, Gonzaga)
  10. Brendan Gulick (Sr, John Carroll U.)
  11. Matt Noonan (Sr, Missouri)
  12. Michael Broskowski (Sr, Western Illinois)
  13. Robert Bacaj (Jr, Syracuse)
  14. John Nash (Sr, Santa Clara)
  15. Connor Shreve (Fr, University of Denver)
  16. Bianca Buono (Jr, Emerson College)
  17. Jaclyn Cangro (Sr, Emerson College)
  18. Kevin Fitzgerald (Jr, Syracuse)
  19. Rob Joyce (Jr, Hofstra)
  20. Pat Strathman (Sr, Kansas)

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Allegri (Grad Student, San Jose State), Ben Fontana (Jr, Syracuse), Alex Gold (Sr, Kansas), Michael Keeley (Sr, SUNY Oswego), Chris Marasco (Jr, Fordham), Shannon McGrattan (Sr, Syracuse), Michael Murabito (Sr, Hofstra), Greg Murray (Sr, Indiana), Joe Roberts (Jr, Western Michigan), DJ Sixsmith (So, Fordham), Michael Sullivan (Jr, Hofstra), Christopher Vosters (Sr, Wisconsin), Michael Watts (So, Fordham).

2013 Jim Nantz Award Judges

Bob Behler, Play-by-Play Broadcaster, Boise State University; Jon Chelesnik, CEO, Sportscasters Talent Agency of America; Wes Durham, Sports Talk Host/Play-by-Play Broadcaster, Atlanta Falcons/Georgia Tech; Bruce Howard, Play-by-Play Broadcaster, Tulsa University; Dave Koehn, Play-by-Play Broadcaster, University of Virginia; Wyatt Thompson, Play-by-Play Broadcaster, Kansas State University.