July 7, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With four different champions in the last five years, women’s college soccer has entered an era when no school seems to rule the sport. Behind the scenes, however, a new dynasty has formed as Elliott Finebloom of Florida State has been named the top Sports Information soccer administrator for the fifth consecutive year. As the 2004-2005 season champion, Finebloom continues a streak he started in 2000-2001 when he first covered FSU soccer and was named tops in the nation by Soccer Buzz.
Since 1996, the award has been presented to the most outstanding sports information publicist for his or her work with a women’s soccer program. Finebloom’s collection of five national titles keeps the winners’ club quite exclusive as only four other individuals have been named the top recipient. Prior to Finebloom’s run, Dave Lohse of North Carolina was the most recent honoree in 1999. Other winners have included Loren Wohlgemuth, Portland (1998); Robert Hester, Northern Illinois (1997); and Shawn Robinson, Kentucky (1996).
“Elliott Finebloom has set a new standard for excellence in being recognized for the fifth consecutive year by Soccer Buzz Magazine as the number one Sports Information professional covering the sport of soccer,” stated Dave Hart, Florida State Athletics Director. “Elliott’s professional demeanor, work ethic and priority for detail transcends the sport of soccer. We’re proud that Elliott is a Seminole,” Hart added.
At Florida State, Finebloom began his sports information career as an intern in 2000 and now serves as Assistant Director covering soccer and baseball. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and earned his Masters in Sports Administration from Florida State.
Finebloom’s excellence over the last five years contributed to a successful program on and off the field established by recently departed Head Coach Patrick Baker. However, his efforts have already earned high marks from new FSU Coach Mark Krikorian. “Elliott’s reputation preceded my move to Florida State,” Krikorian commented. “I’ve known Elliott and the outstanding work he delivers since my days with the WUSA.”
Coach Krikorian’s high compliments continued when he stated “I’ve never seen anyone so dedicated, focused, positive and outstanding yet so professional in his work.” “With Elliott, we’ve got the best,” summarized Krikorian, “and it’s a strength to have Elliott working in our sport.”
“When Elliott first started reporting on women’s soccer back in 2000,” stated Soccer Buzz Editor, Randy Diggs, “he redefined what we had come to expect from sports information offices”. “And five years later, he continues to improve each year,” Diggs continued, “leaving us wondering if others will ever catch up to his pace and endless soccer reporting.”