March 2, 2013
State of Sport Awards Website | Voting Page
Utah Valley University baseball is nominated in three categories in the Second Annual Governor's State of Sports Awards and a fan vote will decide the winners.
The 2012 team that led the nation in winning percentage, team batting and boasted a 32-game winning streak, is nominated for Team of the Year; Eric Madsen is nominated for Coach of the Year and Goose Kallunki is up for Male College Athlete of the Year.
Madsen earned his third straight Great West Conference Coach of the Year Award while leading UVU to its third straight regular season and tournament titles and a No. 29 ranking in the final NCBWA poll. Kallunki was named a first-team All-American after leading the nation in RBIs and setting a school record with 18 home runs. Kallunki, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres and is preparing for Spring Training, was among the nation leaders in a number of other categories as well.
Voting begins Saturday night at 10:45 p.m. and will conclude April 9 at midnight. The winners will be honored on Tuesday April 16 at a ceremony featuring Utah Governor Gary Herbert and tennis legend Andre Agassi.
Herbert will provide remarks and present awards along with Agassi, who will be speaking to those in attendance at the awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 16, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., being held at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.
"I am pleased to be part of this great event to recognize excellence in sports and I would also like to extend a very special welcome and thank you to Andre Agassi for joining us," said Governor Herbert.
The nine category awards will be based on the 2012 calendar year achievements and include High School Female Athlete, High School Male Athlete, Collegiate or Pro Female Athlete, Collegiate Male Athlete, Pro Male Athlete, Team of the Year, Highlight of the Year, Game or Event of the Year and Coach of the Year. The nominees were selected by a committee comprised of members of the sports media and community at large. Beginning Monday, March 4, fans can visit www.stateofsportawards.com and select their favorite nominee in each category. Voting will conclude on Tuesday, April 9 at midnight. The winners, chosen by sports fans, will then be honored at the Tuesday, April 16 ceremony.
In addition, a Lifetime Achievement in Sport award will be presented to Spencer F. Eccles, prominent financier, philanthropist and athlete, and in celebration of Utah's Olympic legacy, an Olympian of the Year award will presented to recognize excellence and achievement in Olympic sport.
The Utah Sports Commission's success is shared by many key partners and friends within Utah's sports industry. The United States Ski & Snowboard Association will also be honored with the "TEAM UTAH" Partner of the Year Award which recognizes the extraordinary efforts, resources and other support from Sponsors, Venues, Hospitality Community, Local Organizing Committees, Events Rights Holders, Volunteers and others in Utah 's sports industry, who contribute valuable assistance in continuing to establish Utah as "The State of Sport".
"The Utah Sports Commission is excited to host this Utah 'fan's choice' award event that will allow sports fans and citizens in Utah to have a voice in selecting and recognizing those who inspire, entertain and thrill them," said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. "And we could not create this event without the help of our terrific partners Zions Bank, KUTV2, 1280 The Zone, ESPN700, Simmons Media, Head USA, Layton Construction, Utah Jazz and Scheels."