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DON KOPRIVA

Track & Field Correspondent, Author, and Official

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Don Kopriva covered and/or officiated at 100-plus NCAA/AAU/TAC/USATF track and cross country championships, more than 150 Big Ten indoor and outdoor track & field and cross country championships, 50+ Drake Relays, six Olympic Trials and two Olympic Games (1967-present) 

 

  • Midwest correspondent, Track & Field News, 1969-present 

  • Selection board, The Bowerman Award, 2009-present 

  • Selection board, U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame, 2002-present 

  • Selection board, Jesse Owens Award, 1996-present 

  • Editor, Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA) newsletter, 1973-81, 1999-2008 

  • Secretary, TAFWA, 2011-15 

  • Awards chairman, TAFWA, 2010--15 

  • Editor, Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA) newsletter, 1973-81, 1999-2008 

  • Editor and publisher, Midwest Track/Cross-Country Newsletter, 1968-82 

  • Have covered and/or officiated (direct splits crew) at Drake Relays from 1968-present  

  • Referee, NCAA cross country championships, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 2003 

  • Referee, Big 10 cross country championships, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000-08, 2010-20 

  • Referee, NCAA District IV/Great Lakes Region cross country championships, 1996, 2002, 2005-16 

  • Referee, NCAA-II Midwest Region cross country championships, 2012, 2013 

  • Referee, Great Lakes Valley Conference cross country championships, 2014 

  • Running events referee, NCAA East track and field preliminary round, Indiana University, 2011 

  • Referee, Central Collegiate Conference track & field championships, 1994, 1998 

  • Referee, Big Ten indoor and/or outdoor track & field championships, 2003-2008, 2010, 2011 

  • Declaration official /chairman, jury of appeals, Big 10 indoor track & field championships, 1992, 1997, 2012-21 

  • Declaration official /chairman, jury of appeals, Big 10 outdoor track & field championships, 1996, 2000-01, 2011-13, 2015-21 

  • Jury, Big 10 indoor and/or outdoor track & field championships, 1993, 1995, 1998-2004, 2009-10, 2013 

  • Field events referee, Big 10 outdoor track & field championships, 2006 

  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Athletics Hall of Fame (sports information director), 2005 

  • Drake Relays Officials Wall of Fame, 2006 

  • Drake Relays Media Award, 1991 

  • U.S. Track Coaches Association Media Award, 1979 

 

  • Director of championships and information, Central Collegiate Conference, 1991-98 

  • Executive committee, United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association, 1986-present 

  • Coordinator, NCAA national cross-country coaches' poll, 1986-present 

  • Author of all features and other articles for the official daily programs of the 1990 Goodwill Games, Seattle 

  • Author of hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines, game, meet and other athletic event programs 

  • Press secretary, United States Track Coaches Association, 1976-83 

  • Vice president/administration, Illinois Chapter/USA Track & Field, 1998-2003 

  • Co-author, On Wisconsin! The History of Badger Athletics (Sports Publishing, 1998; second publishing, 2000); •author, On Wisconsin! A celebration of Badger football, basketball & other sports (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014) 

  • Author, Coming Back Strong: Distance runners on injury, cross training & rehab (2010) 

  • Author, Returning to Form: Women distance stars come back from injuries (expected, 2015) 

  • Contributing writer to The Big Ten: 100 Years of Excellence (Sagamore Publishing, Champaign, Ill., 1996) 

  • Speaker, Association Internationale Press Sportive (AIPS) annual meeting, Paris, 1984 

  • Speaker, Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) annual meeting, Philadelphia, 1984 

  • Press officer, U.S. Olympic Festival, Syracuse, 1981; Indianapolis, 1982 

  • Press chief, U.S. delegation, World University Games, Mexico City, 1979