The Bob Matey Award is presented to the individual who possesses the qualities and attributes that exudes the characteristics that are portrayed from the late Bob Matey, video coordinator from Texas A&M.
Below is a list of this year nominees for this award:
2016-2017 conference winners are:
ACC – Ben Cauthen – Wake Forest
American – Jim McCarthy – Navy
Basketball (Women) – Ryan Gensler – Florida
Basketball (Men) – Todd Blumen – Syracuse
Big Ten – Bob Rahfeldt – Iowa
Big 12 – Chris Velasquez – Texas Tech
C-USA – Chase Bitowf – Southern Miss
DIII – David Twilleager – Mary-Hardin Baylor
FCS – Keith Smith – Kennesaw State
High School – Erik Sondergelt – Beavercreek
Independent – Errol Seaver – BYU
MAC – Chris Zuccaro – Bowling Green
Mountain West – Brian Murphy – San Diego State
Pac-12 – Kevin Night Pipe – Washington State
SEC – Reuel Joaquin – Florida
Sun Belt – Matt Axelrod – Georgia State
A pioneer in the coaches’ video field, Bob Matey was instrumental in the development and operation of Texas A&M’s video laboratory from 1987 until his death in 1997.
Prior to the formation of the Collegiate Sports Video Association in 1995, Matey was an instrumental voice in getting the organization formed. Bob was one of the founding members that led the charge stating we (video coordinators) need to form an organization to bring value and respect to our jobs.
Matey oversaw the technical transition from film acquisition to videotape acquisition of football practices and games as Texas A&M was one of the first colleges in the country to convert to the BetaCam format in 1987. The use of videotape revolutionized the play-by-play breakdown of games and practices and has become an industry standard for football players and coaches in game preparation and evaluation. Bob was also at the forefront of the transition to non-linear editing tools for coaching breakdown at Texas A&M.
Matey’s background as a player and coach were valuable commodities for the Texas A&M Video laboratory as the Aggie football team won six conference championship and made nine bowl trips. In addition to his coach’s video work, Matey also produced both the football and basketball head coaches shows.
Matey came to Texas A&M in 1984 and served as a volunteer, part-time and graduate assistant football coach, working primarily with the defensive line, before becoming the head of the video laboratory in 1987. Before coming to Texas A&M, Matey served as defensive line coach at Pittsburgh from 1973-82, first under Johnny Majors and later under Jackie Sherrill. The Panthers won the national championship in 1976.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Iowa State, in 1972. He lettered three years as a noseguard for the Cyclones, earning All-Big-Eight honors in 1971. He earned a degree in physical education from ISU in 1972.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Matey was a two-time all-city fullback and linebacker at Chaney High School and was inducted in the schools Hall of Fame in 2008.