WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – On Thursday, April 26th in Griffin 3 on the campus of Williams College the Eph Sports Information Department handed out two unique awards in all of college athletics – The 29th Frank Deford Award and the 9th Aaron Pinsky Student Broadcasting Award.
AARON PINSKY AWARD
Aaron Pinsky was a tremendous basketball broadcaster for Eph Sports Information as well as being a top student, JA, and musician. Everything Aaron did he did with great joy and passion.
Aaron contracted an incurable form of brain cancer after leaving the Purple Valley. Two of his Eph friends, Mike Needham and Zach Ullman, asked that an award be created to honor Aaron's many contributions. Most importantly they wanted to be able to tell Aaron so he would know he would not be forgotten at Williams.
Aaron has not been forgotten.
Junior – Angela Chan – Coquitlam, British Columbia
Angela is being recognized for her outstanding contributions with our video efforts, both in capturing and editing highlights of Eph sports and our Eph Spotlight Video series. She is also my go-to person for video editing and PhotoShop techniques.
She is so nice she has never laughed out loud at my rookie questions about video or Photoshop issues, but she has been known to smile often.
We in Sports Info are proud to have helped Angela get a great opportunity last summer with a start-up company in Charlottesville, Virginia when they saw the quality of her videos. As she was winding down her summer experience the start-up asked her to design a website for them… and she did!
Junior Tobi Popoola – Bronx, NY
Tobi is also being recognized for his contributions over the past three years to our Eph Spotlight Videos and the capturing and editing of Eph sports highlights.
Tobi's dedication, his willingness to learn new sports and capture appropriate highlights and then quickly process them has been invaluable to Eph Sports Info.
Not just a star in Eph Sports Info, Tobi also works for the Alumni Office, where they also cherish his many talents and work ethic.
Senior John Toomey – Huntington, N.Y
John Toomey came to Eph Sports Info with a lot of energy and the willingness to cover any and all sports, because he wanted to work in sports after graduation. The only opening I had was covering women's tennis as a writer and while John admitted it was not a sport he knew a lot about he promised he would learn.
A few days after John was hired I received a call from then head coach Alison Swain who asked me, "Where did you find this tennis writer?" Gulp !
Then Alison said, "He is the best, most thorough, and interested writer we have ever had." That came from John talking to Alison about a season outlook.
John has done football color commentary, men's and women's basketball commentary, as well as softball and baseball color commentary for us for three years, always with a high level of professionalism.
He wanted very much to work for SportsNet New York the channel that covers his beloved New York Mets, so we connected him with former Eph baseball All-American Jim Duquette '86 who helped John land a coveted internship that will begin shortly after graduation.
Front Row (l to r): Peggy Pinsky, Angela Chan & Rachel Pinsky
Back Row: John Toomey, Tobi Olowutabi & Lincoln Pinsky
FRANK DEFORD AWARD
Senior Adam Dulsky – Westport, Conn.
Adam Dulsky joined sports information his sophomore year, beginning in the fall with football season and then into winter with basketball. He began as a spotter and worked his way into the critical role of inputting both sports.
A four-year letter winner as a catcher/designated hitter on the baseball team, Dulsky proved invaluable to those statistics teams, and became the leader of both in his junior year. He was charged with creating a work schedule for the men's and women's basketball teams in addition to his inputting duties and did this for his final two years at Williams.
Dulsky was also a three-year representative for the baseball team with the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was a Teacher's Assistant for Stats 101 and Stats 201 classes for his final four semesters on campus.
After graduating in June, he'll be joining Morgan Stanley in their Investment Banking Division.
Senior Jay Habib – Los Angeles, Calif.
Jay Habib joined sports information as a first-year. His first job came as a writer for men's track and field with the sports information department here and the work he did with the department, found he had a desire to continue working in sports forever.
Jay went on to cover men's (and women's, when needed) track and field, men's and women's cross country (when needed), and primarily compiled stats for men's and women's lacrosse (while subbing in for the occasional soccer, softball, and hockey game).
Also a varsity athlete at Williams, he competed for three seasons each of varsity xc/track at Williams.
Recently, Habib did a stint with NBC Sports during winter study. His junior summer he worked with the Philadelphia Union of the MLS. He will join the staff of the N.Y. Mets upon graduation as an analytics associate.
Senior David Vascones – Queens, N.Y.
Before the fall of 2015, David knew absolutely nothing about keeping sports stats. His testing came through the volleyball season his sophomore year – he passed and has been with the department ever since.
David was a caller and inputter for volleyball, perhaps the biggest challenge one could take on. He also worked with ice hockey for a year and compiled baseball stats for three seasons.
Outside of sports information, he was the co-president of Williams Catholic for the last three years. In addition, he was co-president as well as a co-founder of the Williams Ballroom Dance Club.
As for after graduation, David will be doing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He will be placed in Raleigh, North Carolina, doing legal work on behalf of the immigrant community there.
Left to Right: David Vascones, Jay Habib, Ian O'Connor & Adam Dulsky
Featured Speaker – Ian O'Connor – ESPN.com
After the presentation of the six awards featured speaker Ian O'Connor author of four books (two New York Times best-sellers) spoke about how he ended up writing for Frank Deford at The National. Deford in O'Connor's estimation is the best sports writer of all-time.
O'Connor also mentioned that on the same day he was hired by Deford he got into a fight at a softball game in New York's Central Park when his buddies in the New York Times Sports Department mixed it up with CBS Sports.
O'Connor also related how he has long admired Williams College and that one of his closest friends in the business is Tim Layden '78, whom O'Connor called the best in the business and vastly underrated.
O'Connor took questions from the audience after his talk before the event concluded.