WVU’s Zach Eckert Named Event Manager Of The Year
The Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) announced WVU Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations Zach Eckert as the winner of its 2020 Event Manager of the Year Award.
“It is with great honor that we recognize Andy and Zach for their tremendous work in our industry,” stated CEFMA President Matt Oberlin, associate athletics director for capital projects, facilities, and event management at Central Michigan University. “Our line of work is, by nature, a behind-the-scenes business. It is always fantastic when we get to spotlight two very deserving leaders within our CEFMA membership. Our board congratulates them on their success.”
The Event Manager of the Year Award recognizes an athletics administrator who has hosted an inordinate number of events/championships on their campus over the course of the year and strives to enhance the quality of the experience for participating institutions and guests.
Eckert currently serves as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations at WVU, while overseeing game operations for women’s soccer, men’s basketball, rifle, rowing, wrestling, and swimming and diving. In addition, he served as tournament director for the 2019 NCAA National Rifle Championship, which drew a record-setting crowd of 2,215 during the four-day event. It also marked the first time WVU has hosted an NCAA National Championship.
Eckert also served as the meet director for the 2020 Big 12 Swimming/Diving Championships, which was an inaugural event for WVU at The Aquatic Center at Mylan Park, recently opened in October 2019. Just one week later, Eckert coordinated the three-day NCAA Diving Zones at the same venue.
Eckert started his career at WVU as a graduate assistant, advancing to his current role. In 2017, his work ethic allowed him the opportunity to be recognized as one of 150 recipients across WVU’s campus for its Value Coins program, which recognizes faculty and staff who go above and beyond to make the University a better place.
Andy Crerar from the University of North Texas was selected as the Facility Manager of the Year.