Leadership

INSPIRED BY IMPACT

The voting committee for the Wuerffel Trophy is comprised of select national media, retired head coaches, past recipients, and the Wuerffel Trophy Board of Directors.

National Selection Committee

Bobby bowden

College Football Hall of Fame Coach, Florida State University

Tim Brando

American Sportscaster, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Dale Brown

College Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, Louisiana State University

Mack Brown

College Football Hall of Fame Coach, University of North Carolina

Rodney Bullard

VP Community Affairs, Chick-fil-A®, Inc - Executive Director, Chick-fil-A® Foundation

Bob Casciola

Executive Director (Retired), National Football Foundation

Bill Curry

College Football Coach, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Georgia State - NFL Player

Rece Davis

ESPN

Mike Ditka

College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Coach

Mike Gottfried

ESPN Analyst, NCAA Coach, Founder -Team Focus

Archie Griffin

1974 & 1975 Heisman Trophy Wecipient, College Football Hall Of Fame Football - Ohio State University

Steve Hatchell

President/CEO of the National Football Foundation

John Huarte

1964 Heisman Trophy Winner - University of Notre Dame, College Football Hall of Fame

John Humenik

Executive Director, (Retired) College Sports Information Directors of America

Steve Owens

1969 Heisman Trophy Winner, University of Oklahoma, NFL, President Steve Owens Group

Rudy Riska

Executive Director Emeritus, Heisman Trophy Trust

Holly Rowe

ESPN

Matthew Sign

Chief Operating Officer, National Football Foundation

Steve Spurrier

1966 Heisman Trophy Winner, University of Florida, College Football Hall of Fame Coach

Maria Taylor

ESPN, All-SEC Volleyball -University of Georgia

Ben Wuerffel

Financial Advisor

don yaeger

American Sports Journalist, New York Times Best Selling Author

"There is no greater trophy within the intercollegiate athletic world, that you can say has to do with character, than the Wuerffel Trophy. It's my honor to say that I am involved in some small way."

Tim Brando

Board of Directors

Tom Brassell

Wuerffel Trophy Executive Director - Treasurer

Dick Cannon

Director

Mike CoupÉ

Treasurer

Rudy Niswanger

Wuerffel Trophy Recipient 2005

John Pankratz

Vice President

Joel Penton

Wuerffel Trophy Recipient 2006

Charlie Potts

Director

John Watts

Director

Danny Wuerffel

Trophy Namesake

Jessica Wuerffel

Director

Jon Wuerffel

Director

Lola Wuerffel

Director

Past Recipients

Jon Wassink

Wuerffel Trophy 2019
Western Michigan University

Drue Tranquill

Wuerffel Trophy 2018
University of Notre Dame

Courtney Love

Wuerffel Trophy 2017
University of Kentucky

Trevor Knight

Wuerffel Trophy 2016
University of Notre Dame

Ty darlington

Wuerffel Trophy 2015
University of Oklahoma

Deterrian Shackleford

Wuerffel Trophy 2014
University of Mississippi

Gabe Ikard

Wuerffel Trophy 2013
University of Oklahoma

Matt Barkley

Wuerffel Trophy 2012
University of Southern California

Barrett Jones

Wuerffel Trophy 2011
University of Alabama

Sam Acho

Wuerffel Trophy 2010
University of Texas

Tim Hiller

Wuerffel Trophy 2009
Western Michigan University

Tim Tebow

Wuerffel Trophy 2008
University of Florida

Paul Smith

Wuerffel Trophy 2007
University of Tulsa

Joel Penton

Wuerffel Trophy 2006
The Ohio State University

Rudy Niswanger

Wuerffel Trophy 2005
Louisiana State University

Conference Reps

ACC
BILL LINDSLEY

AMERICAN ATHLETIC
LEE LEWIS

Big Ten
Mike CoupÉ

BIG 12
DAVID JEFFCOAT

CONFERENCE USA
LARRY HIPSH

INDEPENDENTS & SUN BELt
TOM MANNING

MAC
MIKE MCGRAIL

MOUNTAIN WEST
BILL GRIGSBY

PAC 12
SARAH GATES

SEC
DICK CANNON

“It’s the award every parent wants their kid to win!”

Sam Ponder, ESPN

THE MAN BEHIND THE SCENES

Tom Brassell - Executive Director

A native of Fort Walton Beach, Tom Brassell left the shores of Florida to attend Northwestern State University of Louisiana on a golf scholarship, and graduated with a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Accounting.  His career began in the oil and gas industry, then transitioned to Control Data Corporation in Atlanta for over a decade. Following his time in  Georgia, Brassell found a way to combine his business acumen with his passion for the links, working for Edwin Watts Golf, a Worldwide Golf Shop’s brand. Recognizing his innate ability to connect, Worldwide Golf Shop’s Insider Podcast, tapped Brassell to host, where he has been the inviting voice behind over 300 successful episodes.

Focused on service to others, Brassell joined the All Sports Association in 1997, serving as President in 2003 and is a two-time President’s Award Winner for service to the organization and the 2008 Col. Al Byrne Award Winner for volunteer service to the community’s youth. He served as Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee, serves on the Col. Al Byrne Award Committee and was one of the founding members of the Wuerffel Trophy’s Board of Directors. Brassell dedication to service and leadership in the community lead to his recent induction into the All Sports Association Hall of Fame (2020). 

Named founding Executive Director of the Wuerffel Trophy, “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” Brassell helped steward the award to achieve national status as a partner with the National Football Foundation, invited as a member in the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), and is a part of the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Award’s Red Carpet Show.

Brassell lives in Fort Walton Beach with his wife of 31 years Betty and enjoys rounds of golf with his two adult sons, Tommy and Jonathan.

 
 
 
 
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