22nd Annual Frank Deford Award & 2nd Annual Aaron Pinsky '06 Sports Broadcasting Awards Presented

2011 Deford Award: Michael Fountain, ESPN (l.), James Allison '11  (ctr.) and Lorenzo Patrick '11
2011 Deford Award: Michael Fountain, ESPN (l.), James Allison '11 (ctr.) and Lorenzo Patrick '11

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Last night in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the campus of Williams College the only collegiate sports information awards in the nation recognizing the contributions of student workers – The Frank Deford Award and the Aaron Pinsky ’06 Sports Broadcasting Award -- were presented.

The Deford Award was being presented for the 22nd year, while the Pinsky Award was presented for the second year.

On hand to make the presentation of the Deford Award was Michael Fountain, Senior Producer at ESPN in charge of college basketball and football GameDay.

Presenting the Pinsky Award were Aaron’s father Lincoln, mother Peggy, and sister Rachel.

The Deford Award was established in 1990 by Sports Information Director Dick Quinn who wanted to recognize the tremendous contributions of the Williams student workers in sports information in helping him cover the College’s 30 Varsity teams. 

2011 Aaron Pisky '06 Sports Broadcasting Award (l. to r.):
Will Slack '11, Tim Goggins '12, Rachel Pinsky, Peggy Pinsky
& Lincoln Pinsky

In 2010 Mike Needham ’04 and Zach Ulman ’06, who also worked for Quinn in Sports Information, asked to honor their friend Aaron Pinsky who was dying of brain cancer with an award that recognized the passion and excellence Aaron brought to each of his Eph broadcasts.

The winners of the Aaron Pinsky ’06 Sports Broadcasting Award were senior Will Slack (Decatur, GA) and junior Tim Goggins (Pittsfield, MA).

The 2011 winners of the Deford Award this year were seniors James Allison (Amherst, MA) and Lorenzo Patrick (Chicago, IL).

After the presentation of the awards Michael Fountain spoke on “The Ins and Outs of ESPN’s College GameDay” and took questions from the audience.

Williams Sports Information Director, Dick Quinn comments on the 2011 award winners:


“With a few hours to spare a high-energy freshman walked into my office to report that he finally decided during lunch, minutes before, that he would come and investigate the position of women’s soccer broadcaster that I was desperate to fill.”

“I hired Will Slack on the spot and then asked him what he knew about soccer. It turns out he knows a lot about soccer and he is passionate about everything he did here. Last fall he received the Grosvenor Cup as the Class of 2011 member who did the most for the class, and surprisingly, that did not even include his efforts in getting out the word about the visit of Eph alum Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on election night.

Always on time and always prepared, only a Board Of Trustees meeting could get Will to miss a women’s soccer broadcast… he will be extremely hard to replace and that’s just his soccer knowledge and passion, because there is going to be an energy crisis here next year without Will around.


Not every athlete on campus wants to be known as the nicest kid on campus, but that is what I hear about Tim all the time,” noted Quinn. “His pleasant demeanor, ability to manage time and work hard at all he does is role model worthy and is proof why he is an excellent Junior Adviser to his freshmen.”

“Tim has broadcasted men’s soccer, men’s and women’s ice hockey along with men’s and women’s basketball, filled in with soccer stats, run post-game hoops press conferences and anything else we can fit into his busy schedule over his first three years. And just to show you how smart I am -- I hired Tim to work in the office this summer. Oh, and he really is THAT nice.”


“Last year I told the story of James on the baseball field in a game vs. Wesleyan where on consecutive textbook ground balls to him at 2B the ball went through his legs… I bet that has not happened since way back when he first put on a glove,” stated Quinn. “The great part of the story follows, James was not present last year to hear the story as he was in class. He was actually cutting to be on hand… Anyway what impressed me the most at that game was James’ reaction. He knew he would be subbed out of the game at the end of the inning… it was best for the team.”

“James did not sulk in the dugout, instead he became a vocal force of the Eph team, first off the bench to greet a runner who scored and first to welcome the team coming off the field and he just never shut up… the Ephs rallied to win… it won’t show in the score book, but James Allison was a large part of that win.”

“Reliable, resilient, and trustworthy James was the ideal guy to handle our football, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball stats… you should know that his older brother Barrett, also an alum, is now completely jealous.”


“Lorenzo showed up in my office the summer before his first year saying he had heard that there might be some broadcasting opportunities,” recalled Quinn. “I asked him what he sports he was interested in and said I would get back to him.”

“His first football game he had to do solo as the senior who was going to go with him failed to show up. That first broadcast of a football game at Bowdoin was most impressive for a guy who had never seen Williams play and had never been to Maine! And the Ephs lost.”

“I’ve had exactly two kids in my 22 years here I thought could do professional sports broadcasting and Lorenzo is the second one and the good news is he wants to do it…I may have to go to Houston soon to kick some butt to get him on the All-Sports station down there, but I’m not opposed to doing that… Michael Fountain -- do not forget this name.”

Lorenzo was the rock of our football, hoops and baseball broadcasts for 4 years and he got better and better every year He takes criticism well -- and believe me I can dish it out – and he prepares… now most of you won’t believe this but it is harder to get into a good sports broadcasting job than it is to get into Harvard Medical School but that’s the truth. It’s even harder if you were not a household name as an athlete, but I believe Lorenzo can do it. He’s tough and determined and he survived DQ for four years… I just hope they will let me out of the nursing home to go to the Super Bowl when he calls it or when his beloved Cubs are in the World Series !”

“We are now going to have to refer to this as a LORENZO – winning both the Pinsky and Deford awards in a career.”