HILLSBORO, Ore. – Gregor Walz, the Director of Athletic Communications at Puget Sound in Tacoma Wash., has been voted by his peers as the 2017-18 recipient of the Jack Sareault Award, which is presented annually to the Northwest Conference Sports Information Director of the Year.
“There is so much talent, passion, and dedication among Northwest Conference SIDs - I’m forever grateful this group chose me for the Jack Sareault Award,” said Walz, “Our work this year in promoting and celebrating Puget Sound student-athletes would not have been possible without our communications assistant, Aubrey Rodgers. She hit the ground running in 2017-18, and she learned a lot in a short period of time. Puget Sound administrators, event staff, coaches, and student-athletes are always eager to help with our communications efforts – I cannot thank them enough.”
Gregor Walz, who was named Puget Sound's Director of Athletic Communications in June 2014, oversees social media efforts, website content, video production, graphic design, photography, gameday statistics, live streaming, archives, and media requests for all 23 Logger teams.
During his time at Puget Sound, Walz has revamped the Loggers’ social media efforts and oversaw the redesign of www.loggerathletics.com. He created Twitter (@PSloggers) accounts and Facebook (/PSloggers) pages for each Logger program, and he launched the Loggers' Instagram page (@PSloggers). Walz also created the Loggers' YouTube channel - Logger Sports Network (LSN) - which features video highlights and student-athlete interviews from nearly every sporting event on campus. LSN produces over 100 videos, annually.
Under Walz's guidance, the Loggers' Twitter page was the second NCAA D-III Twitter account on the West Coast to reach 3,000 followers. The Loggers' Twitter page was also among the first 10 NCAA D-III Twitter accounts in the country to receive a Twitter verification check mark.
Prior to arriving at Puget Sound, Walz spent one year working in athletic communications at NCAA D-I Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), where he was the primary media contact for women's soccer, swimming and diving, baseball, and the secondary media contact for men's basketball. During this time, Walz was also a gameday statistician for the Harvard men's basketball team.
He spent two years as the Graduate Assistant for Athletic Media Relations at NCAA D-III University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Walz's first stint in college athletics was as the Marketing and Promotions Assistant at NCAA D-I Wofford College (Spartanburg, S.C.). Before beginning a career in college athletics, Walz worked for a couple of minor league baseball teams: the Hickory Crawdads (Hickory, N.C.), and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Manchester, N.H.).
Also a CoSIDA member Walz has worked in sports information/media relations during events such as the U.S. Open (golf), Beanpot Hockey Tournament, NCAA Division-I Women’s Soccer Tournament, NCAA Division-III Women’s Basketball Tournament, and NCAA Division-III World Series.
Walz earned a B.A. in sports journalism and English from Springfield College (Mass.) in 2009. A native of Waltham, Massachusetts, he currently resides in Tacoma with his dog, Homer.
Jack Sareault, who served for a number of years as sports information director for the Northwest Conference, was instrumental in documenting the league's entire sports history, going all the way back to its founding in 1926. In recognition of his invaluable work, the Conference Sports Information Director of the Year award was instituted in 2005 and named in his honor.
Previous Jack Sareault Award winners
2017-18 - Gregor Walz, Puget Sound; 2016-17 - Ryan Goff, Lewis & Clark College; 2015-16 - Casey Grogan, Pacific; 2014-15 – Kelly Bird/Katherine Brackman, Linfield; 2013-14 - Blair Cash, George Fox; 2012-13 - Steve Flegel, Whitworth; 2011-12 - Nick Dawson, Pacific Lutheran; 2010-11 - Blake Timm, Pacific; 2009-10 - Chris Thompson, Puget Sound; 2008-09 - Blair Cash, George Fox; 2007-08 - Kelly Bird, Linfield; 2006-07 - Blake Timm, Pacific; 2005-06 - Steve Flegel, Whitworth/Northwest Conference