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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Ed Cassiere is the recipient of a Grant Burger Media Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for his coverage of the Gold Nuggets in 2016-17.xula ed vballCassiere

The AVCA Grant Burger Media Award recognizes members of the media who advance the sport of volleyball through consistent coverage in all mediums. It is named in honor of former AVCA Director of Sports Information and Associate Director Grant Burger, whose hard work, innovative mind, knowledge and enthusiasm from 1988-92 took the areas of media relations and publications at the AVCA to a higher level and increased awareness of the sport nationwide.

The AVCA cited Cassiere, XULA's assistant athletic director for communications, as the NAIA recipient and one of 10 finalists for the overall award won by Vinnie Lopes, creator of the website Off the Block, which covers the men's game in NCAA Division I and II.

Other college publicists who were overall finalists were Michelle Traversie of Minnesota, Doug Self of Southwestern Oklahoma, Ira Thor of New Jersey City University and Roy Allen of Seward County (Kan.) Community College.

"In the short amount of time I have been the head coach at Xavier University of Louisiana, I have found Ed to be tireless when it comes to getting out news about XULA Athletics," Pat Kendrick said. "No story is too small. When we recently signed our first 2017 recruits, Ed personally contacted them to get their individual stories."

Cassiere has publicized XULA volleyball since its restart in 2010. From 2011-16 he covered teams that won six consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships and earned six straight automatic bids to the NAIA National Championship.

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