CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2018) – Former Media Relations professional Jim Trecker was named the recipient of the 2017 Colin Jose Media Award by the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Trecker will be honored at the 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Orlando, Florida.
“This is a most unexpected and appreciated honor,” said Trecker. “Being chosen by members of the media community makes the recognition especially valued. I have been fortunate to be involved in the game for a long time and privileged to be a behind-the-scenes part of soccer’s growth over the past half century.”
With a career spanning more than four decades, Trecker has been part of the media relations landscape in the United States since the late 1960’s. After a short stint with the New York Jets, Trecker witnessed the arrival of Pelé to the New York Cosmos and managed the relationships between the international superstar and the American media.
It was Trecker, along with then FIFA Media Chief Guido Tognoni, who developed the idea of a “mixed zone” for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where players and journalists interact after matches. During the tournament, he led a group of media relations professionals that would go on to assume major roles in Major League Soccer, which launched two years after the tournament. His final official role with FIFA was for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.
“From the New York Skyliners to Pelé to World Cups, the game has been a joyous and very meaningful part of my life filled with wonderful memories and great friends,” said Trecker.
Since his retirement, Trecker has remained active in soccer as a consultant on many projects, including the reopening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Trecker is the 10th recipient of the award, joining Paul Kennedy (2016), George Vecsey (2013), Grahame Jones (2012), Paul Gardner (2010), Seamus Malin (2005) and his brother, Jerry Trecker (2004) as honorees.
The Colin Jose Media Award was created to honor the contributions of members of the print and electronic media, including reporters, columnists, authors, broadcasters, editors, public/media relations professionals and others who specialize in communications with respect to soccer in the United States. The award is named for Colin Jose, Historian Emeritus of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the preeminent soccer historian of North America.
Past Colin Jose Media Award Recipients
2017 - Jim Trecker, Media Relations
2016 - Paul Kennedy, Soccer America Print Media
2013 - George Vecsey, New York Times Print Media
2012 - Grahame Jones, Los Angeles Times Print Media
2010 - Paul Gardner, Soccer America Print Media
2009 - Alex Yannis, New York Times Print Media
2008 - Ike Kuhns, Newark Star-Ledger Print Media
2007 - George Tiedemann, Sports Illustrated/Freelance Photography
2005 - Seamus Malin, ESPN and other television broadcasters
2004 - Jerry Trecker, Hartford Courant Print Media