UNITED STATES SPORTS ACADEMY HONORS
COLORADO SPRINGS SPORTS CORPORATION'S MIKE
MORAN WITH 2006 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
DAPHNE, Ala. - Mike Moran, the longtime public relations executive for the United States
Olympic Committee (USOC), has been honored with the United States Sports Academy's
Distinguished Service Award.
Currently a sports and media consultant and Director of Communications for the Colorado Springs
Sports Corporation, Moran has served for almost 40 years as one of the nation's leading sports
media and public relations executives in the collegiate, Olympic and amateur athletics fields. He has
been involved in some of the most memorable moments in American sports history, including the
U.S. Olympic ice hockey team's 1980 "Miracle on Ice", the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow
Games, assorted controversies and crises, and domestic Olympics in Lake Placid, Los Angeles,
Atlanta and Salt Lake City.
Moran joined the USOC in 1979 after a decade as the Sports Information Director at the University
of Colorado, then served as the USOC's Chief Communications Officer and media spokesman for
almost a quarter century, through 13 Olympic Games. He retired in 2003 and joined NYC2012, the
organization leading New York City's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, as Senior
Communications Counselor. He remains involved with Edelman Public Relations, named PR
Week's 2006 Large PR Agency of the Year, as a consultant in the firm's Sports & Sponsorship
He's a 1960 Omaha Westside High School alum and 1966 graduate of the University of Nebraska at
Omaha in the city where he grew up, and served as the school's sports information director between
1966-68 before taking the post at Colorado. He's been selected for the Colorado Springs Sports Hall
of Fame, the CoSIDA (college sports information directors) Hall of Fame, and has received the
USOC's General Douglas MacArthur Award, the organization's highest honor.
Collectively, Moran has occupied the podium as speaker, moderator, master of ceremonies and
spokesman at more than 1,500 events during his career. He remains active as one of the top keynote
speakers nationally on the Olympic Games, athletes, and sport.
The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is given annually to those individuals who have made
outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or
The Distinguished Service Award has been presented by the Academy since 1984, and past
honorees have included Frank DeFord, Dean Smith, Bobby Allison, Don Shula, Jimmy Connors,
George Brett, Martina Navratilova, Harvey Schiller, Pat Summitt, Eddie Robinson, George
Steinbrenner, Mario Lemieux, Bud Selig, Al McGuire, Nancy Lopez and John Krimsky. For more
information visit: http://www.asama.org/awards.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports
university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and
service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of
For more information about the United States Sports Academy, "America's Sports University," call
251-626-3303 or visit the Academy's website www.ussa.edu.