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Fresno State Athletics Receives Pair of Awards

May 15, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. - Two departments within Fresno State Athletics were recently honored with a pair of awards for excellence in their field.

Fresno State Athletics received the George F. Curtis ATC Award for the Sports Medicine Staff of the Year. This is an award presented to the professional staff that has gone beyond the call of duty in promoting and providing services to the members of the Mountain West.

"This is a well-deserved honor for our Sports Medicine staff and we share this award with our team physicians and health care providers," said Steve Robertello, Fresno State senior associate athletics director for intercollegiate services. "It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our sports medicine staff and the outstanding care they provide for the student-athletes. The staff and team physicians are truly committed to providing the best health care for our student-athletes and are devoted to creating a positive student-athlete experience."

This is the first time Fresno State has received this award, following up the University of Wyoming that won it in 2013 and Colorado State University who won it in 2012.

"It is such an honor to receive this award," said Kelli Eberlein, Fresno State's director of sports medicine. "It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the sports medicine staff as well as our undergraduate athletic training students. We share this honor with the world-class team physicians with whom we work daily. This group is led by Dr. Eric Hanson and their tireless example of excellence and service-first mentality create an atmosphere in which we can all excel. Our staff and physicians are supported by an athletics department and university who strive for superior health care for our Bulldog student-athletes and our visiting teams."

The Fresno State Athletic Communications office was honored by the Football Writers Association of America as a recipient of its fifth "Super 11" field of sports information departments which were deemed the best in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2013 season.

"Anytime you can surround yourself with gifted, talented professionals who everyday work at the highest level and push the boundaries of being creative, it is a pure joy," said Paul Ladwig, Fresno State senior associate athletics director for external relations. "For this staff to be chosen as one of the best, and honored with this recognition is a testament to who they are and their ability to promote and enhance Fresno State Athletics."

The winners in alphabetical order are: Colorado (Pac-12), Duke (ACC), Fresno State (Mountain West), Georgia (SEC), Middle Tennessee (Conference USA), Nebraska (Big Ten), Ole Miss (SEC), SMU (American Athletic), South Alabama (Sun Belt), Southern California (Pac-12) and Texas Tech (Big 12).

Georgia is a five-time winner; USC, a four-time winner; and Colorado and Nebraska, multiple winners of the Super 11 Award. Duke, Fresno State, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, SMU, South Alabama and Texas Tech are first-time winners. Over the five-year period, the FWAA has honored 42 schools.

"We know there are many outstanding sports information departments representing schools across the country," said Tim Griffin, 2010 FWAA President and Chairman of the Super 11 Committee. "But we continue to believe it is imperative to honor the best of the best, including some that we have honored repeatedly over the years. These 11 departments are consistently exemplary in all that we ask.

"The FWAA's commitment is to continue honoring the best departments in future years which recognize the demands of our jobs and strive to do what they can to help all media members on a consistent basis."

Criteria in determining the winners not only included how press boxes/operations were run, but the quality and timeliness of information provided, the amount of information presented and appropriately updated on websites, personal responsiveness to media inquiries as well as the accessibility of players, head and assistant coaches. The ratings also took into consideration the departments that went the extra mile in servicing the media.

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