BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College Coordinator of Athletics Communications and Marketing Temitope Bajulaiye is the NCAA Division III recipient of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Excellence in Communications Award for the 2018 track & field season.
The Excellence in Communications Award recognizes those athletics communications representatives at conferences and/or schools who have committed to outstanding coverage and support of collegiate track & field. Winners were selected by the communications staff at the USTFCCCA national office after a long nomination period.
"With a sport that typically isn't in the limelight and one that generally doesn't generate a great deal of attention on campus, Temi goes above and beyond when it comes to coverage of the men's and women's track & field programs," said Babson Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications Scott Dietz. "In addition to full previews for every meet over the course of the season, which is rare at the small-school level, he goes out of his way to attend regular season meets, our conference championship and this year's outdoor national championship."
In addition to supporting those programs, Bajulaiye takes full advantage of multimedia opportunities in the form of video, photography and social media. As ways of giving track & field attention, coverage and recognition, he interviews athletes, creates video highlights, produces social media graphics, and assembles photo galleries.
"It has been great working with Temi," said Babson head coach Russ Brennen. "The combination of his knowledge and passion for the sport alongside his creativity is a huge asset for our department. It is always a thrill to see what Temi creates."
"Temi is a breath of fresh air in his ability to personally connect with seemingly everyone in the Babson community while improving the quality of our athletics content," said Babson All-American John Decker '18. "Regarding his creativity and professional quality, Temi's work has set a new standard for which Babson should strive to maintain. I believe I speak for most when I say he's been a fantastic addition to the Babson community."
The USTFCCCA honor is the second in communications for Bajulaiye, who also was among the award winners for the annual College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest.