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DAVIS, Calif. - Nominated in two of the three previous years as UC Davis’ director of video services and technical operations, Tim Ornelas is the 2017-18 Football Championship Subdivision Video Coordinator of the Year, as announced by the Collegiate Sports Video Association.
There are 124 football programs that compete at the FCS level, with many schools utilizing the services of multiple individuals to handle their video needs.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award, especially since the winner is nominated and selected by his or her peers,” said Ornelas. “UC Davis is constantly pushing itself to evolve technologically and provide the highest-quality product and services to student-athletes and coaches. I am proud to play my role in this process.”
Unlike a vast majority of schools that compete at the FCS and Football Bowl Subdivision levels, Ornelas’ responsibilities are not solely focused on the sport. In addition to handling typical sport-related tasks such as organizing and editing practice film, game film, coaches film, weekly film exchanges, creating social media highlights and videos, he is responsible for executing UC Davis’ video streams (and coaches film) for its men’s water polo, volleyball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, gymnastics, men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse and baseball teams.
It was he who collaborated with head men’s water polo coach Daniel Leyson to create the infrastructure needed to live stream events at Schaal Aquatics Center for the first time in the facility’s history.
With this award, Ornelas earned an automatic nomination for the Bob Matey Award, presented to the national video coordinator of the year. Including Ornelas, video coordinators from each of the 10 FBS conferences, group of FBS independent schools, Division II, Division III and high school football levels, in addition to a handful of basketball video coordinators from Power Five schools, are up for one of the highest honors the CSVA bestows to its members. This accolade is presented to the individual who possesses the qualities and attributes that best reflect the late Bob Matey, Texas A&M’s video coordinator and pioneer in this professional field.
Officials from the CSVA will announce the 2017-18 award recipient at this year’s conference, which will take place in Milwaukee this May.
Known by his colleagues as one of the most dedicated and hardest-working individuals in the department, Ornelas also serves as the primary contact for third-party broadcasting companies that televise UC Davis football and men’s basketball games.
The technical operations portion of his title also allows him to expand his skill set in ways his peers at the FBS and FCS levels are not afforded. Whenever there is an issue with a scoreboard or electronic display at any UC Davis athletic facility, he is the individual responsible for finding solutions. One can frequently find Ornelas solving a variety of issues in a hands-on manner on his own.
His expertise is not limited to video and maintaining electronic equipment since he also sets everything up for play-by-play commentators and analysts when they broadcast home events.
“Even though I am the one named FCS Video Coordinator of the Year, my student staff plays a vital role in this department’s success. I could not handle all the responsibilities given to me without them, this is their award as much as it is mine.” Ornelas added that “I cannot thank Ashley de Genova enough for her support throughout my career. Without that, none of my success is possible."
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