LA Tech Athletic Communications Leads State with 10 Awards

June 26, 2017

RUSTON, La. - Members of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications Department garnered 10 awards in the 2017 Louisiana Sports Writers Association sports information contest, the most by any school in the state for the fourth consecutive year and the most the department has ever won in one year.

Malcolm Butler, Kane McGuire, Anna Claire Thomas, Blake Bolin and Dave Nitz combined to record four first place finishes, two second place finishes and four third place finishes. Since 2002, Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications has won 78 awards in the contest, the second most in the state behind only LSU.

“I am very proud of the work that my team has done over the last year,” said Butler. “My staff is comprised of Louisiana Tech graduates and its shows in their commitment to and passion for this University and its athletic department. We take a lot of pride in what we do every day.”

For the fourth time in five years, Louisiana Tech took home first place in the college radio play-by-play contest with Butler’s call of the Lady Techster basketball team’s come-from-behind win over UAB on Jan. 26 in Ruston. In that contest, Tech trailed by 16 points with just over six minutes to play before Kierra Anthony’s jumper with 5.3 seconds to play capped a furious rally, leading the Lady Techsters to the 64-63 win.

It was Butler’s first ever first place finish in the broadcast category, after finishing as the runner up to Nitz three previous times.

“Smooth call,” said the contest judge’s comments. “One-man show and he didn’t need help. End of game situation clearly discussed and broadcast. Nice, steady broadcast work.”

Nitz, a Louisiana Tech Hall of Famer, won second place in the category for his call of the Bulldog basketball team’s win over UTSA in January.

Butler also won a first place for his 2016-17 women’s basketball media guide in the Division III Media Guide category and third place for his feature story on former Bulldog football player turned Navy Seal prior to the Armed Forces Bowl.

“New coaches. Same history and that history is emphasized throughout to help people remember what a great history this program has,” said the judge’s comments. “Well laid out. Well thought out.”

McGuire garnered three awards, capturing a first place in the Division IV Media Guide with his Lady Techster soccer media guide. He also finished third in the Division I Media Guides with his Bulldog basketball media guide and third place in the Best Fact Sheet category with his Bulldog basketball game notes.

Thomas won first place in the Best Fact Sheet category for her Bulldog football game notes while finishing second in the Division I Media Guide category with her Bulldog football media guide.

“Layouts and pictures primarily won the day,” said the judge’s comments on Thomas’ fact sheet. “Easy to find organization.”

Bolin finished third in the Division III Media Guide category with his Bulldog baseball media guide.

Courtney Pugh at Donnie Bell Design handles the layout and creative for all of Louisiana Tech's media guides while Donny Crowe, Tom Morris, Darrell James and Kenny Robertson provide the outstanding photography for the Tech Athletics Communications.

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