Florida State men's basketball SID Chuck Walsh to receive Katha Quinn Award at Final Four

Florida State men's basketball Sports Information Director Chuck Walsh has been named the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association Katha Quinn Award winner for 2023.

The decision was announced on the organization's website on Thursday afternoon.

Walsh credited head coach Leonard Hamilton and assistant coach Stan Jones for building a strong foundation when reached by the Democrat.

Below is the story from sportswriters.net.

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INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – In his fourth decade as a college basketball sports information director, Florida State’s Chuck Walsh has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Katha Quinn Award winner for 2023. He will be presented the award at the Men's Final Four in Houston.

During the summer of 2000, as the USBWA and CoSIDA (now College Sports Communicators) held discussions on media protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the 2020-21 basketball season, Walsh played a key role in negotiating and reinforcing policies supported by the USBWA to retain as much access and availability gave the health and safety concerns.

“Chuck’s a throwback who sees his role as facilitating access to his program instead of managing or restricting it,” said USBWA president Luke DeCock, a sports columnist at The (Raleigh, NC) News & Observer. “He’s not only dedicated to his players and coaches but to connecting journalists with his program. He still pitches ideas to writers and cares deeply about those relationships. Everyone knows Florida State is a football school at heart, but you’d never know it talking to Chuck, who makes sure the basketball team gets the attention it deserves.”

The award is presented by the USBWA in memory of Katha Quinn, sports information director at St. John's University who supervised basketball media services during the 1987 Pan American Games despite a diagnosis of liver cancer. Quinn died at the age of 34, more than two years after the diagnosis. The award is given to recognize those in college basketball who have rendered special service to the USBWA and sportswriters who cover college basketball.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Malcolm Moran at 814-574-1485.


1988 Katha Quinn, St. John’s University1991 Marvin “Skeeter” Francis, Atlantic Coast Conference1992 Tom Frericks, University of Dayton1993 Roger Valdiserri, University of Notre Dame1994 Marvin “Swede” Johnson, Coors Brewing Co.1995 George Raveling, Washington State/USC1996 Rick Brewer, University of North Carolina1997 Craig Miller and Amy Early, USA Basketball1998 Al Shrier, Temple University1999 Bill Hancock, NCAA2000 Tim Tolokan, University of Connecticut2001 Mike Tranghese, Big East Conference2002 Mark Asher, Washington Post2003 Jack Watkins, Missouri Valley Conference2004 Jim Marchiony, NCAA2005 Steve Kirschner, University of North Carolina2006 Wayne Duke, Big Ten Conference2007 Joe Mitch, U.S. Basketball Writers Association2008 Josh Krulewitz and Mike Soltys, ESPN2009 John Paquette, Big East Conference2010 Chris Fallon, National Invitation Tournament2011 Oliver Pierce, Gonzaga University2012 Kenny Klein, University of Louisville2013 Greg Shaheen, NCAA2014 Brian Morrison, Atlantic Coast Conference2015 Tom Jernstedt, NCAA2016 David Worlock, NCAA2017 Bernie Cafarelli, American Athletic Conference2018 Joe Castiglione, University of Oklahoma2019 Mike Sheridan, Villanova University2020 Jim Haney, NABC2021 Doug Vance, University of Kansas, CoSIDA2022 Bill Behrns, Loyola University2023 Chuck Walsh, Florida State University

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