For the first time, an Arizona State University student is the winner of the Jim Nantz Award. Sundevils senior Scotty Gange takes the trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America.
“Scotty’s been on our radar since his freshman year,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. “Back then he was much more style than substance. Now, though, he’s found a terrific balance.”
Gange ranked 16th in last year’s voting. He earned honorable mention as a sophomore in 2018.
Ironically, Gange is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, CA – the same high school alma mater as Chelesnik.
Also earning honors are five 2020 STAA All-Americans:
- Evan Hughes (Virginia Tech, Jr)
- Jonah Karp (Syracuse, Sr)
- Mary Kate Hamilton (Indiana, Sr)
- Brendan Hartlove (Maryland, Jr)
- Emmanuel Berbari (Fordham, Jr)
Karp is an All-American for the second straight year. Berbari’s inclusion is the first time since the initial All-America class of 2009 that Fordham is represented in the AA class.
This is also the first time students from Virginia Tech and Maryland have earned All-America honors.
The Jim Nantz Award has been presented annually since 2009 by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America as a way to encourage collegiate sportscasters to strive to achieve their best. The award is named in honor of the award winning CBS sports broadcaster.
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Judges for the 2020 Jim Nantz Award included Chelesnik and former Nantz winners Josh Appel, Adam Cavalier, Katie Emmer, Alex Faust, Kevin Fitzgerald, Eric Gallanty, Nate Gatter, Ross Lippman and Bill Spaulding.