May 24, 2013
Roberts (@kroberts118) is one of eight assistant coaches in the nation to be nominated for special social media award
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Win, lose or final tournament finish, there was one constant throughout the Oregon State wrestling team's season in 2012-13, a celebratory or motivational tweet courtesy of assistant coach Kevin Roberts.
Now the seventh year assistant is being recognized for his push button prowess as he is one of only eight assistant wrestling coaches in the nation to be nominated for the `Social Media of the Year Award'. The special honor was voted on by Elite Level Sports Marketing and the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Roberts, who can be found and followed on Twitter @kroberts118, has posted 180 character updates such as this one, when his team upset No. 8 Cornell in Ithaca, Jan. 27.
"23-17 good guys. #10 OSU wins vs. #8 Cornell on road. Cornell fans and supporters made for a top notch atmosphere. #Gobeavs" -kroberts118
To date, the Spokane, Wash., native has put out 1,089 tweets and has 142 followers. He joins Maryland's Todd Beckerman, Virginia's Alex Clemson, Missouri's Sammie Henson, NC State's Jamill Kelly, Iowa State's Troy Nickerson, Tennessee Chattanooga's Rocco Mansueto and Wabash's Danny Irwin as nominees in the category.
"The nominated coaches have done a really nice job using social media to engage followers," said ELSM CEO Coyte Cooper. "By investing in mediums like Twitter, they have each helped to build interest in their program and the sport."
The criteria for determining the award winners will feature two key elements: a panel of judges assessing performance (60%) and an online voting competition (40%).
The voting for the Assistant Coach category will take place from May 27th-31st on the ELSM website (* Voting will start at 8:00am on Monday and will conclude at 11:59pm on Friday.* Fans will be allowed to vote once each day.


The winner of the award will be announced Monday, June 17th at 8:00pm EST on the @ELSMarketing Twitter account.*Each winner will receive a custom framed awards poster and will be honored in a feature story that will be housed on the ELSM and NWCA sites. These individuals will also be recognized at the NWCA Convention in August.
For more information on the "Social Media of the Year" awards, visit the ELSM site.