WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Two annual awards unique in all of college sports will be presented at Williams College on April 13th in a ceremony starting at 7:00 p.m.in Room 3 of Griffin Hall.
The Frank Deford Award honors the top student sports information assistants, while the Aaron Pinsky award honors the top student sports information broadcasters on the college's webcasts.
This year's feature speaker/presenter will be former Eph basketball player Will Kuntz who began his career in sports working for the New York Yankees summers while a Williams' student. He joined the Yankees full-time after graduation and rose through the ranks to become the Head of Pro Scouting.
Kuntz, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., left the Yankees in 2014 to become the Director of Player Relations for Major league Soccer (MLS). This spring Kuntz left the MLS to join the newly formed Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) that will begin competing in the MLS in the 2018 season.
In Los Angeles Kuntz is teaming up again with his former Eph hoops teammate Tucker Kain '05 who is part of the LAFC ownership team along with Magic Johnson, actor Will Ferrell, Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm.
Kain is now the Chief Financial Officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers along with being committed to the LAFC in the MLS.
Kuntz's talk "Why This Matters More Than Ever" is expected to center around the two times in his life he made a decision that everyone told him was crazy and yet they both worked out well and extol the virtues of being a student-athlete at Williams.
No student may win the Deford or Pinsky Award more than once and thus it has become necessary to incorporate a third award that has been given to just four individuals over 28 years. The Outstanding Achievement Award is bestowed upon the Deford/Pinsky winners who continued to provide sustained excellence since being first honored.
2017 Outstanding Achievement Award Honorees:
Justin Edwards '17
Scott Shelton '17
2017 Deford Honorees:
Hannah Atkinson '17
Jackson Myers '17
Anna Spellman '17
2017 Aaron Pinsky Award Honoree:
Grant Raffel '17
The Deford/Pinsky ceremony is free and open to the public.