Louisiana Tech to host TECHSPY awards

April 30, 2015


Staff Reporter


Typical awards ceremonies include the Academy Awards, the daytime and primetime Emmys, and the ESPYs; however, a new award ceremony is set to hit Louisiana Tech — the Techspys.


On Monday, Tech will roll out the blue carpet for the first-ever TECHSPYs. The TECHSPYs is an awards ceremony honoring the student athletes for their various achievements throughout the year. The guest list of the award ceremony is in no way exclusive as the TECHSPYs is free and open to the student body. It is a formal event, though, so organizers advise students to dress in their spiffiest of attire.


The pre-event festivities will be extravagant, said Malcolm Butler, associate athletics director in charge of communications at Tech.


“There will be a blue carpet outside of Howard Auditorium where the event will be held,” Butler said. “The wife of Teddy Allen (of the University Communications Department) will interview the athletes on the steps out in front while Teddy himself will be hosting the event.”


Allen’s wife, Lienna Fayard Allen served as a sports anchor for KSLA, Shreveport’s CBS affiliate, from 2002 until 2005. She was the first female sports anchor in North Louisiana. She now serves as the cultural communications officer and social media director at Community Trust Bank.


A total of 14 awards will be presented at the event. Those awards include: the team of the year, male and female athlete of the year, male and female freshman of the year, male and female performance of the year, male and female play of the year, comeback of the year, and more.


Butler said the winners will take home some fancy awards.


“The prize for the winners are crystal trophies we have ordered,” Butler said. “They are very nice.”


Butler said he did not come up with the idea for the TECHSPYs.


“Our athletics director Tommy McClelland came up with the idea for the award ceremony,” Butler said. “He came to our senior staff a few months ago with the idea and we just rolled with it. The TECHSPYs, of course, are a spoof of the ESPYs held by ESPN. Many other schools have done a similar ceremony.”


Butler said the goal of the TECHSPYs is to let Tech’s student athletes know their school appreciates the hard work they put in.


“We want to provide experience for our student athletes,” Butler said. “The Techspys is a way to honor them. Even those who do not win will get to experience something a little bit different and at least realize how much we appreciate the work they do for Tech.”


Butler said the TECHSPYs are here to stay.


“We plan on this being something we do every year,” Butler said. “It takes a lot of planning and help from athletics and theater department professors. It is something we want to be an annual event.”


Butler said the award ceremony could go not go on without the help of his and McClelland’s staff, as well as faculty  for the event. That staff includes: Marco Born — senior associate athletic director in charge of external operations, Adam McGuirt — associate athletic director in charge of internal operations, Jay Luksis — assistant athletic director for marketing, David Pillen — director of video operations/creative services, and Mark Guinn, director of the School of Performing Arts.


The inaugural TECHSPYs will begin with a “Blue Carpet” ceremony at 5:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.


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