Colin Jose Media Award

Previous Award Recipients

Jerry Trecker

Year Honored: 2004

Jerry was a contributor from 1955 through 2004, covering all aspects of soccer in the United States and abroad as well as other major sports for the Hartford Courant but could not write full-time because he taught school.

Also, he was featured as a National Hockey League columnist (1979-1984), sports media columnist (1986-1994), and National Basketball Association columnist (2001-2004) before retiring in June 2004.

Jerry served as a school teacher from 1965 until 1994 in the West Hartford Public Schools. He taught at Sedgwick Junior High School for four years and William Hall High School for 25 years before retiring to cover the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

He was a sports writer for the weekly West Hartford News from 1955-1975 and covered the 1994 and 1998 World Cups as a backgrounder for ESPN/ABC television. He continues to be an international soccer backgrounder for ESPN International, a position he has held since 1989. He occasionally was a broadcast contributor to public television coverage of soccer and early ESPN collegiate coverage. He was the author of The Magic of Soccer, which was published by Atheneum Press in 1979.

International Coverage
World Cups, 1970-1986, columnist off of international radio/television coverage because the competition was held in May-June before the end of the school year making attendance impossible. Attended and covered World Cups in Italy 1990, USA 1994, France 1998, South Korea/Japan 2002. As well as the FIFA Women's World Championship in Sweden 1995 and then the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the USA 1999. Attended and covered African Championship 1994, 1998 and the CONCACAF Gold Cups numerous times. Extensive attendance at FIFA Under-17 World, Under-20 and Olympic tournaments from 1991 including qualifying competitions. Covered World Cup Qualifying, major international club and international games on all continents except Oceania. Developed international soccer coverage for The Hartford Courant and continue to offer occasional columns following retirement.

National Coverage
High school and youth soccer coverage in the USA, focusing most obviously on Connecticut and the Northeast, since 1955. Coverage of Connecticut State League Soccer from 1958-1980s. Coverage of the NASL, MISL and MLS from the late 1960’s-present. Collegiate coverage in Connecticut since the early 1970’s including attendance at numerous NCAA men’s and women’s finals, all division levels. Frequent contributor to Kick Magazine, Soccer Digest, Soccer Magazine and other national publications.

Attended more than 150 United States Men's National Team games, as well as an additional 200 additional national team matches involving women’s and youth teams. Has seen numerous high school, college, youth and professional games over a span of 50 years.

Trecker has covered matches in Africa (Burkina Faso, Tunisia); Europe (England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden); Central America, North America and the Caribbean's (Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, USA, Jamaica, Barbados); South America (Bolivia, Chile); and Asia (Japan, South Korea).

Seamus Malin

Year Honored: 2005

Born: September 3, 1940 - Dublin, Ireland

A graduate of Harvard, Seamus played collegiate for the university, where he was the teamÍs leading scorer and an All Ivy League selection in 1960.

He would eventually become an assistant coach for the Harvard and has served them in various administrative capacities for more than 40 years.

Malin's broadcasting career began back in 1966, calling soccer games for Boston public television station WGBH on "College Sport of the Week." He would move on to become the radio voice of the NASL's Boston Minutemen, and in June 1978 he was hired by the New York Cosmos, where he called games until the team folded in 1985. It was his sterling performance in the broadcast booth with the Cosmos that led to his eventually working numerous FIFA World Cups and Olympic Soccer Tournaments for various networks. In his long career in the booth, Malin has called games for each of the big three networks (ABC, CBS & NBC), as well as ESPN. To this day, Malin still calls major European matches for ESPN International.

George Tiedemann

Year Honored: 2007

George Tiedemann was born January 19, 1944, in Reykjavik, Iceland to Army Air Corps Sergeant Robert Tiedemann and Magunsina Valdimarsdottir, a native Icelander.

From 1953 to 1960 Tiedemann lived in Tripoli, Libya, before returning to the United States at age 17. He began taking pictures and playing soccer in Libya and resumed the photographic interest while in the Marines after taking a point-and-shoot camera along on a parachute jump, getting off a couple of shots before plowing into the ground.

“I continued taking pictures during my year in Vietnam (1966-67); however, the thought of a career in photography never crossed my mind until just before my release from active duty in May of 1968,” said Tiedemann.

After his military service, Tiedemann began a professional career in photography as a newspaper staff photographer. He augmented his newspaper work as the Philadelphia Atoms team photographer moving on to a full-time position as NASL Director of Photography during the Pelé era. Tiedemann’s dramatic images led to a 20 plus year career as a photographer for Sports Illustrated magazine.

In the 1975 Pictures of the Year Competition, the National Press Photographers Association selected Tiedemann’s “Three’s Company”, a picture from an NASL game between the Baltimore Comets and the St. Louis Stars, first place in the Sports Action Picture Category.

Tiedemann’s began playing soccer in Tripoli, Libya for the Wheelus Air Force Base school team and competed against the British, Arabs and Italians. In 1961, upon returning to the United States, he played for Neptune (NJ) High School, scoring 26 goals in his senior year. In 1963 he attended Trenton State and started as a right wing on the varsity team as a freshman. In 1964 Tiedemann joined the Marines and played soccer for the Camp Pendleton base team; however, the team never got to play due to the large troop deployments to South Vietnam.

Tiedemann now lives in New Jersey with his wife, Sharon, has three married sons and five grandchildren

Ike Kuhns

Year Honored: 2008

Ike began his reporting career in 1958 as the Sports Director of the American Forces Korea Network while serving in the U.S. Army. On leave he attended the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, including an exciting soccer final that sparked his interest in a game about which he knew little. Once out of service and in New York City, he attended the international matches at the Polo Grounds promoted by Bill Cox. These continued to build Ike’s growing interest in soccer. While he started with some smaller New Jersey papers, by the time he joined the Newark Star-Ledger in 1965, it was almost World Cup time and Ike covered the tournament. “It was much different watching a game being played on a pitch that looked like an oversized putting green with a capacity crowd of 100,000 singing and chanting. The atmosphere was electric and to someone like me who was unused to it, even the dullest game seemed very exciting,” Ike said about his World Cup coverage. He retired from the Star-Ledger in 2001 and currently attends New York Red Bulls games at Giants Stadium.

Ike was a founding member of the Professional Soccer Reporters Association, the organizations first vice president and later president.

Ike also served as the Star-Ledger beat writer for the Knicks and Jets for part of his 37-year career. He also was the back-up writer for the Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Devils, and Nets at various times, and he is a lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He covered numerous World Series, Super Bowls, two Ali-Frazier championship fights, Stanley Cup Finals, and college football bowl games and college basketball games in the NCAA and NIT tournaments and numerous track and field events, including the Millrose Games and AAU outdoor and indoor championships in addition to his soccer responsibilities.

Alex Yannis

Year Honored: 2009

Born in Greece in 1937, Yannis came to the United States at age 29 after attending the John Lennox Cook School of Languages and obtaining a Proficiency Diploma from the University of Cambridge in England and working for the New York Times International Edition out of the Paris office.

He joined the New York Times City Desk upon arrival, serving as a news assistant for five years. During this period he began writing soccer stories for the Times. In 1971 he moved to the Sports Department where he remained until his retirement in 2004. His soccer stories covered the gamut of the game, from local amateur matches to the international stage.

His knowledge of the local game was enhanced by his three years of play in the German-American League for Hellenic (as he says, “Who else?”) and his 22 years coaching in the Cosmopolitan League and the Italian- American League.

His years of growing up in Europe served him well: among his first big assignments was covering the 1974 World Cup in Germany. He later reported on the Cosmos of the North American Soccer League for their entire history and became a close friend to international stars like Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer. He covered more than 20 NCAA championship games. He also handled the horse racing and the ice hockey beats for the paper.

Yannis has authored three books: New Jersey Devils (NHL Today), Soccer Basics and Inside Soccer: The Complete Book of Soccer for Spectators, Players, and Coaches. In retirement, he has become an avid golfer along with his lifelong love of the beautiful game.

Paul Gardner

Year Honored: 2010

Born: 1930    Hometown: Ramsgate, England

Paul Gardner is an American soccer journalist and author who has written more than one thousand columns for Soccer America and has covered American soccer for England's World Soccer magazine since 1973. His books include “The Simplest Game,” “Nice Guys Finish Last” and “SoccerTalk: Life Under the Spell of the Round Ball.” Gardner received the Colin Jose Media Award from the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010.

Gardner studied pharmacy at the University of Nottingham and from 1953 through 1959, as a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and worked in London as the assistant editor of Pharmacy Digest.

He immigrated to the United States in 1959 and became the managing editor of a medical magazine. He started covering American sports for British publications in 1961, when his feature on Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle’s pursuit of Babe Ruth's 60-home run record appeared in The Observer.

In 1964, Gardner left the medical magazine and spent two years in Italy before returning to New York, where he discovered a sudden American interest in professional soccer.

The United Soccer Association and the National Professional Soccer League – which eventually merged into the NASL – launched in 1967, and the emergence of American pro soccer coincided with Gardner’s start as a full-time free-lance journalist.

He has since covered soccer for publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, USA Today, The New York Daily News, The Sporting News, The Village Voice, The Times (London), The Guardian (London) and The Independent (London).

Gardner was the color commentator for the first-ever live telecast in the United States of a World Cup final, in 1982 on ABC. He also served as ABC color commentator with legendary Jim McKay of NASL games in 1979-81.

He also did commentary for NBC (1986 World Cup), CBS (NASL) and ESPN (college), and has been a film producer and was the scriptwriter and soccer adviser for the award-winning instructional series Pele: The Master and His Method in 1973.

He has covered eight World Cups and 10 Under-17 World Cups -- plus FIFA Under-20 World Cups, Olympics, European Championships and Copa America tournaments.

He has persistently called on soccer’s governing bodies to crack down on thuggish play and to reverse the trend of low scoring. Some of his recommendations have been implemented. In 1977, he began writing that the offside rule be changed so that an attacker in line with the last defender would be considered onside. FIFA made the change in 1990. FIFA also adopted his suggestions on how referees deliver second yellow cards, requiring numbers on the front of jerseys, and clarifying in its rulebook the ejection of coaches.