The AVCA expanded the media award’s scope in 2004-05 by having a finalist in four different categories: broadcast, print, web and sports information/athletic communications. Further, the finalist for the sports information/athletic communications category came from region winners from each of the NCAA divisions, with the addition of an NAIA winner being named this year as well.
The AVCA Grant Burger Media Award is an honor intended to recognize members of the media who have been involved in the advancement of the sport of volleyball, whether it be through consistent coverage in all mediums (sports information, print, broadcasting and web content), production of volleyball-specific publications or extensive radio and/or television exposure. It is named in honor of Grant Burger, former Director of Sports Information and Associate Director of the AVCA (1988-92), whose hard work, innovative mind, knowledge and enthusiasm took the areas of media relations and publications at the AVCA to a higher level and increased awareness of the sport of volleyball nationwide.
This year, Brian Magoffin, assistant director of athletic communications at Springfield College, was selected as the top athletic communications contact for men's volleyball in the EIVA for Division III institutions.
Magoffin helped publicize the Pride's fifth national championship this season as Springfield hosted and won the 2008 Molten Division III Men’s Invitational Volleyball National Championship.