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 2015 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) awards weekend June 6th thru 8th in Salisbury, NC, culminating in the NSSA awards banquet where the Jim Nantz Trophy will be presented.

Fitzgerald 2014 Jim Nantz Award Winner

Fitzgerald-Kevin Senior Kevin Fitzgerald has been chosen by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster for 2014. The announcement was made on Friday, May 9th. Fitzgerald is a senior at Syracuse University. He is one of five Syracuse students to rank in 2014′s Top 20.

2014 STAA All-Americans

  • Ian Steele (Sr, Emerson College)
  • Chip Brierre (Sr, Miami)
  • David Fine (Jr, Syracuse)
  • Nick Marek (Sr, Arizona State)
  • Bianca Buono (Sr, Emerson College)

2014

  1. Kevin Fitzgerald (Sr, Syracuse)
  2. Ian Steele (Sr, Emerson College)
  3. Chip Brierre (Sr, U of Miami)
  4. David Fine (Jr, Syracuse)
  5. Nick Marek (Sr, Arizona State)
  6. Bianca Buono (Sr, Emerson College)
  7. Louie Del Rio (Sr, Arizona State)
  8. Heather Prusak (Sr, Syracuse)
  9. Brenna Greene (Sr, Gonzaga)
  10. Evan Weston (Jr, Syracuse)
  11. Dan Malloy (Sr, Missouri)
  12. Nate Foy (Sr, Miami)
  13. DJ Sixsmith (Jr, Fordham)
  14. Ben Peck (Sr, Syracuse)
  15. Tyler Bradfield (So, Ball State)
  16. Nick Koop (Sr, Boston U.)
  17. Rob Joyce (Sr, Hofstra)
  18. Lukas Favale (Sr, Syracuse)
  19. Connor Shreve (So, Metro State University)
  20. Brooke Williamson (Sr, SMU)

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Alter (So, Syracuse), Wiley Ballard (So, Georgia Tech), Mihir Bhagat (Jr, Missouri), John Fanta (Fr, Seton Hall), Alex Gallant (Sr, Arizona State), Andrew Kauffman (Jr, Missouri), Parker Leppien (Sr, Missouri), Reid Magnum (So, Wisconsin), Isaac Moore (Jr, Emerson College), Mia O’Brien (Jr, Ithaca), Jim Sannes (Sr, Northwestern), Michael Watts (Jr, Fordham)

2014 Jim Nantz Award Judges

Adam Amin of ESPN; Jon Chelesnik, CEO, Sportscasters Talent Agency of America; Tom Boman, Learfield Sports VP of Broadcast Operations; Adam Cavalier, Carson-Newman Play-by-Play Voice and inaugural Nantz Award winner; Joe Davis of ESPN; Wes Durham, Sports Talk Host/Atlanta Falcons Broadcaster; former Nantz winner Alex Faust, men’s basketball play-by-play voice at Northeastern University; Ohio State University Broadcaster Paul Keels.