May 13, 2008
St. Louis, MO –
The Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA ) is proud to announce former Florida State Video Coordinator Billy Vizzini the 2007-2008 Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year at its annual convention on May 9th. Vizzini passed away on October 29th 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Matey Award is named in memory of the late Texas A&M Video Coordinator Bob Matey.
Vizzini was selected from among 11 finalists who had all previously been chosen as Conference Video Coordinators of the Year by their peers. It was the first time that Vizzini has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Coordinator of the Year.
Vizzini served as CSVA Vice President since 2003 and enthusiastically took on the role as chairman of the Convention Committee. He was instrumental in the growth and development of the CSVA Annual Conference, increasing member and sponsor involvement threefold in less than four years. Two years ago he was named the CSVA representative to the Sports Video Group (SVG), a sports technology group that spans sports broadcasting networks, sports and broadcast technology manufacturers and developers, and sports teams and franchises. He was a charter member of the SVG Board of Directors.
A 1993 graduate of Florida State University, Vizzini began working as a member of the coaches’ video staff in 1994 and became head of the department in 1997. Billy worked primarily with Florida State‘s nationally-renowned football and baseball programs. From 1994-97, he served as the video coordinator for the basketball programs and the Olympic sports.
A New Orleans, La., native, Vizzini earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Florida State in 1995 and his undergrad in Meteorology from FSU. He was an active member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Tallahassee Quarterback Club. For the last several years, Vizzini also served as the assistant camp director for Team Camp USA which is held during summers in Tallahassee. Billy earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Florida State in 1995.
The award was accepted by his mother Yolanda, father Bill, stepmother Ann and members of the Florida State video department, Craig Campanozzi and Michael Bracken.