Dave Wrath '80, associate director of athletics and sports information director atAugustana College, recently was named the 2015 winner of the Excellence in Communications Award by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
During his undergraduate years at Augustana College, Wrath ran for coach Paul Olsen's cross country and track & field teams. Just one year after he graduated he became the sports information director at Augustana and has since spent the last three-plus decades covering those teams.
Not only is Wrath's coverage of Augustana track & field outstanding, but he also promotes Augustana athletes for Academic All-American awards. Augustana is consistently in the top ten in the nation in Academic All-American honors, among all colleges and universities and across all divisions, thanks greatly to Wrath's organization and efforts.
Wrath's coverage of Augustana track & field has been honored by many other organizations in the past, including College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), which named him to its Hall of Fame over a decade ago.
Launched in 2014, the USTFCCCA Excellence in Communications Award recognizes the efforts of athletics communications representatives at schools and conferences who have committed themselves to excellent coverage and support of collegiate track & field.