Jim Prosser, Dave Saar honored by NCC Jim Prosser and Dave Saar were honored with the Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year award during the NCC Honor Awards Dinner Sunday, May 21 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.
The award, in its second year, recognizes the singular commitment of former NCC Commissioner Noel Olson to the advancement of NCC visibility, credibility and excellence throughout the nation during his 1984-1997 tenure in office.
It is presented periodically to honor individuals who as volunteers have made significant contributions to the NCC as a whole.
Award recipients are selected by the institutional representatives at each of the league's 10 member schools. Here is a look at the honorees:
Jim Prosser (South Dakota)
Prosser served as the scoreboard console/clock operator for all South Dakota football and basketball games for 43 years, retiring in 1999. During that time, he never missed a game which translated into 885 home basketball and 258 home football games.
During his four-plus decades volunteering his services to the Coyotes, Prosser also worked all the South Dakota High School Championship football games played at the DakotaDome from 1981 to 1998. In addition, Prosser was also on hand to work the scoreboard for countless other high school and college football teams who came to play in the Dome.
At the same time, Prosser also operated the scoreboard for all of Vermillion High School football and basketball games and traveled with the team wherever they went � never missing a game while keeping the scorebook in football.
Dave Saar (Minnesota
Saar started his affiliation with MSU athletics by doing radio play-by-play for MSU football and basketball games for six seasons (1962-68). He volunteered to work on football and basketball statistic crews and started his public address responsibilities in 1972 until 1976.
His job took him away from Mankato for a year, but in 1977 he returned to Mankato. Saar became MSU's primary public address announcer for football and basketball in 1986 and continued in that volunteer role until the present, adding women's hockey announcing duties when the team was created two seasons ago.
His volunteer work as the public address announced at MSU has spanned more than 17 years and his voice is well recognized and appreciated by fans.