Evan Hughes Named STAA All-American

Evan Hughes
Evan Hughes (right) interviews Virginia Tech head basketball coach Mike Young at a game last season.

TechSideline’s own Evan Hughes was named a Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) All-American on Friday in an announcement by CBS Sports.  He was also one of six finalists for the Jim Nantz Award, which is presented every spring to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sportscaster.

In an impressive accomplishment, Hughes finished second in the Jim Nantz Award voting.

Evan Hughes is a rising senior at Virginia Tech in the Sports Media and Analytics program, which was created in 2016 and became a major this year.  Besides hosting the TSL Podcast, Hughes is Director of Radio Broadcasting for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League, where he was named the 2018 Broadcaster of the Year. Hughes does select work for the ACC Network Extra, including play-by-play and sideline work for various Virginia Tech sports.

Everyone please join us in congratulating Evan for this prestigious accomplishment! Here’s a look at his impressive highlight reel that was submitted for Jim Nantz Award consideration.

About the Jim Nantz Award

Founded in 2009, the All-America Program and Jim Nantz Award is presented by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Each year the judging panel is comprised of leading members of the sportscasting industry and former Jim Nantz Award winners.

Awards include the Jim Nantz Trophy, STAA membership services, and All-America certificates. The Nantz Award winner will also receive hotel accommodations and admission to all the activities of the 2019 National Sports Media Association (NSMA) awards weekend in Winston-Salem, NC, culminating in the NSMA awards banquet where the Jim Nantz Trophy will be presented.

Award Winners
2020 – Scotty Gange (Arizona State, Senior)
2019 – Drew Carter (Syracuse, Senior)
2018 – Katie Emmer (St. Cloud State, Senior)
2017 – Nate Gatter (Missouri, Junior)
2016 – Josh Appel (U. of South Florida, Senior)
2015 – Eric Gallanty (Syracuse, Senior)
2014 – Kevin Fitzgerald (Syracuse, Senior)
2013 – Ross Lippman (Emerson College, Senior)
2012 – Bill Spaulding (Syracuse, Junior)
2011 – Alex Faust (Northeastern, Junior)
2010 – John Twork (Eastern Illinois, Senior)
2009 – Adam Cavalier (Marshall University, Senior)


39 Responses You are logged in as Test

  1. Congrats!!! Looking forward to following your long and wonderful career. Evan you already are a MVP

  2. Co grays Evan, love your role on TSL podcast and can’t wait to see you on one of major TV networks one day!!!

    Well deserved honor!!!

  3. Evan wins you over with his Opie Taylor wholesomeness and sincerity. Do not get hear his broadcasting but really enjoy the Podcasts and how respectful he is to Will and Chris.

  4. Congratulations, Evan! A well-deserved honor… you represent both VT and your tradecraft with distinction.

  5. E V A N !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are a fabulous talent and can’t wait to watch you on big time broadcast sports in the future.


  6. Evan, Congratulations! I love those podcasts you lead – you put a lot of thought into them and seem to make them effortless – and I know they aren’t!
    You’re are Blessed to be with a good group at TechSidelines and Virginia Tech couldn’t have a better program leader than Bill Roth!

  7. That is very impressive and a great statement about the new major.
    The football recruit who was interested in sports reporting should get a copy of this.

  8. Always said. Hardest working man in Blacksburg. Not sure how he gets his school work done. Well done Evan.

  9. Well deserved. What has always impressed me about Evan is how well prepared he is. He does his homework and it shows. So very proud of him. Great thing are in his future.

  10. Definitely a Roth protege, voice pacing very similar. Sometimes I think it’s Roth when Evan calls a game.

    1. Yes, I’ve noticed that. His work is professional and I enjoy listening to him,

  11. Kid is going to be a super star. The next Bill Roth except for this one will be home grown.

  12. This is a kid who could have forgone his final year of eligibility to turn pro, yet here he is planning to come back for his senior season. He doesn’t care about possibly blowing an ACL. He likes the school work. He said no to the big money. A class act and a true Hokie! Congratulations Evan!

  13. Way to go Evan Hughes. Well deserved recognition. The first time I heard you on air I was very surprised to learn you were a student. You’ve continued to impress.

  14. Evan is going to be big time. Some Hokie birds aren’t meant to be caged.

  15. Congrats to Evan. Extremely professional and I enjoy listening to him. Another Hokie to be proud of!

  16. Will, one day in the near future, you’ll think, “man can’t believe that guy hosted my podcast, and now look how big he is.”

    He does such a great job, it’s easy to forget he’s still an undergrad.

    Congrats to Evan!

  17. He just looks and carries himself like an accomplished sports broadcaster. Congrats, Evan!

  18. Major accomplishment, particularly given he still has one more year of college to go. Congratulations Evan

  19. Congrats to Evan I see great things in his future. I really hope his future includes VT in some way but Evan keep up the great work thanks

Comments are closed.