Dec 5, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Longtime Omaha sportswriter nabs NCBWA honor
OLSON WINS WILBUR SNYPP AWARD

DALLAS (NCBWA) – Longtime Omaha sportswriter Eric Olson is the recipient of the 2012 Wilbur Snypp Award, which is presented annually by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for outstanding contributions to college baseball, the organization announced Friday. Olson is in his 11th year with the Associated Press after a 16-year tenure at the Omaha World-Herald.

"It is an honor to be recognized for my work," Olson said. "College baseball is a joy to cover because it is played with such passion, and you never know how many of the players you are writing about today will be in the major leagues in the future. College baseball’s popularity has never been greater, and it is a pleasure to be able to chronicle the sport for the masses.”

Olson has covered the College World Series every year since 1992 and has written about trends and issues in college baseball in addition to the CWS throughout his tenure at AP. He also covers University of Nebraska football and major college basketball for one of the nation's largest and most trusted sources of news.

"Eric has been a fixture at the NCAA World Series with AP and the World-Herald for many years,” NCBWA executive director Bo Carter said. "His stories are insightful and rich, and he is one of the true beacons of college baseball media. This is a well-deserved and overdue honor for Eric.”

He won a number of Associated Press feature-writing awards before moving to the Omaha bureau, and covered Nebraska, Big 12 and Big Eight sports for over 20 years before changing responsibilities. Olson is a 1987 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Olson joins an illustrious group of College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Famers, noted national journalists and others in receiving the award. The plaque memorializes the late Wilbur (Bill) Snypp, longtime Ohio State sports information director and NCBWA founder. Snypp was a noted contributor to the writers' organization, which was initiated in 1962, as well as an officer in the group. The NCBWA/Wilbur Snypp Award yearly honors a professional for contributions to the sport of college baseball. Voting is conducted by a panel of previous winners.

ALL-TIME WILBUR SNYPP AWARD WINNERS
1975 Wilbur Snypp, Ohio State
1976 Bill Esposito, St. John's
1977 Phil Langan, Cornell
1978 John Geis, Southern Conference
1979 Hank Schomber, Georgia Southern
1980 Bob Culp, Western Michigan
1981 Lou Pavlovich Sr., Collegiate Baseball
1982 Tom Price, South Carolina
1983 Bob Bradley, Clemson
1984 Robert Williams, Omaha World-Herald
1985 Jerry Miles, NCAA
1986 Larry Keefe, Seton Hall
1987 Tom Rowen, San Jose Mercury-News
1988 Fred Gerardi, KESY Radio, Omaha
1989 Jim Wright, NCAA
1990 Steve Weller, SIU-Edwardsville
1991 Bill Little, University of Texas
1992 Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman
1993 Bo Carter, Southwest Conference
1994 Lou Pavlovich Jr., Collegiate Baseball
1995 Steve Pivovar, Omaha World-Herald
1996 Gary Johnson, NCAA
1997 Dave Wohlhueter, Cornell
1998 Allen Simpson, Baseball America
1999 Alan Cannon, Texas A&M University
2000 Jim Callis, Baseball America
2001 Dick Case, USA Baseball
2002 Russ Anderson, Conference USA
2003 John Manuel, Baseball America
2004 Dana Heiss Grodin, USA Today Sports Weekly
2005 Dennis Poppe, NCAA
2006 Mike Montoro, Southern Miss
2007 Barry Allen, Alabama
2008 Mike Patrick, ESPN
2009 Al Chase, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
2010 Lou Spry, NCAA
2011 Jeremy Mills, ESPN/D1Baseball.com
2012 Eric Olson, Omaha World Herald
2013 J.D. Hamilton, NCAA