2019 Golden Eagle Awards

National Awards & Recognitions🔗

Lifetime Achievement Award🔗

This award recognizes the long-term accomplishments and contributions of an individual who has earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues in the sport safety and security community. The award was developed to commemorate exemplary talents and contributions as demonstrated by the nominee's dedication, loyalty, ability and integrity.

2021 Recipient🔗

Elizabeth Woollen, Chief (Ret.), The University of Oklahoma Police Department

Previous Recipients🔗

John King, CSSP, Executive Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police (Ret.), Boston College, 2019

Dennis Cunningham, Executive Vice President/Director of Security, National Hockey League, 2018

Larry Buendorf, Chief Security Officer, United States Olympic Committee, 2017

Milton E. Ahlerich Distinguished Leadership Award🔗

In 2019, the Distinguished Leadership Award was renamed to honor Milton E. Ahlerich, former Vice President of Security of the National Football League. The Milton E. Ahlerich Distinguished Leadership award recognizes a professional whose career includes multiple achievements and contributions to sport safety and security. The recipient’s service, commitment, ingenuity, and integrity must have elevated the profession to new levels to warrant this prestigious honor. The award recipient is selected by a panel of subject matter experts on behalf of the NCS⁴ at The University of Southern Mississippi and awarded annually at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

2021 Recipient🔗

Jim Mercurio, Executive Vice President, San Francisco 49ers, and Levi's Stadium General Manager

Previous Recipients🔗

Dane Dodd, Vice President - U.S. Security Operations, Command Security Corporation, 2019

Peter Ciaccia, President, Events & Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon, 2018

Russ Simons, Chief Listening Officer/Managing Partner, Venue Solutions Group, 2017

Jeff Miller, former SVP/Chief Security Officer, National Football League, 2016

Paul Denton, Chief of Police, The Ohio State University Police Division, 2015

Paul Turner, Director of Event Operations and Security for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, 2015

Rick Fenton, Vice President of Corporate Security, Ilitch Holdings, 2014

Dennis Cunningham, Executive Vice President, Security, National Hockey League, 2013

Dan Mullin, Senior VP, Department of Investigations, Major League Baseball, 2012

Mike Rodriguez, Director of Security, United States Tennis Association, 2011

Milt Ahlerich, Vice President for Security, National Football League, 2010

Thad Cochran, United States Senator for Mississippi, 2010

Bennie Thompson, Congressman Representing the 2nd District of Mississippi, Ranking Democrat, Committee of Homeland Security, 2010

Champion of Change Award🔗

The Champion of Change Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ability and commitment to bring about positive change in the sports safety and security industry. Through progressive leadership, this individual's achievements have made a difference to organizational effectiveness and led the organization forward into the future.

2021 Recipient🔗

James E. Craig, Chief (Ret.), Detroit Police Department

Previous Recipients🔗

Cathy Lanier, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, National Football League (NFL), 2019

Andrea Cunningham, Global Security VP of International Theme Parks, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and National Geographic Expeditions, The Walt Disney Company, 2018

NCS⁴ Cornerstone Award🔗

The NCS⁴ Cornerstone award recognizes contributions that have provided the foundation for the NCS⁴.

Dr. Peter Fos, 2019

Professional of the Year Award🔗

This award recognizes a member of management in the field that has, over the past year, demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing safety/security issues. In addition to the enhanced safety and security of their venue, the recipient's contributions have set an example for others to follow. The recipient is selected by each professional league, NCAA and NFHS presented annually by a league official at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

2021 Recipients🔗

Mike Garrity, CSSP, Race Director, Little Rock Marathon (Marathon/Endurance)

Ben Rolens, CSSP, General Manager of Facilities, Katy Independent School District (High School)

Drew Pittman, CSSP, Associate Athletics Director, Event Management and Facilities, Baylor University (NCAA)

Byron Hatch, Assistant Commissioner, Southeastern Conference (NCAA)

Salvatore DeAngelis, Director, Operations/Security, Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)

Jose Pico, Security Director, Inter Miami CF (MLS)

J.P. Hayslip, Director of Facility Security, Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)

Brandon Flynn, Security and Parking Manager, Tampa Sports Authority (NFL)

Jody Young, Vice President of Fan Experience and Security, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club (NHL)

Previous Recipients🔗


Troy Brown, Vice President, Stadium Operations, Cleveland Browns, 2019

Michael Morrow, Managing Director of Security, CenturyLink Field, 2018

Vernon Conaway Jr., Vice President, Safety and Security, Maryland Stadium Authority, 2017

Jim Mercurio, San Francisco 49ers, 2016

Lon Rosenberg, formerly of the Washington Redskins, 2015

Mark Briggs, Gillette Stadium, 2014

Matthew Bettenhausen, AEG Worldwide, 2013

Danny DeLorenzi, MetLife Stadium, 2012


Scott Anderson, Pinnacle Venue Services, 2016

Brian Herbert, Quicken Loans Arena, 2015

Donald Paisant, Smoothie King Center, 2014

Robert "Bob" Hundevadt, AmericanAirlines Arena, 2013

Rosie Grace, Amway Center, 2012

Edward Boyens, Amway Center, 2012


Jerry Conners, CSSP, Director of Security, Detroit Tigers, 2019

David Rinetti, Vice President of Stadium Operations, Oakland Athletics, 2018

Randy Olewinski, Security Director, Milwaukee Brewers, 2017

Greg Terp, Miami Marlins, 2016

John Leas, San Diego Padres, 2015

Larry Bowman, Turner Field, 2014

Richard Fenton, Ilitch Holdings, 2013

Rob Matwick, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 2012


Andrea Evans, Security and Safety Manager, Gila River Arena/AEG, 2019

Gina Chapa, Vice President of Guest Services, American Airlines Center, 2018

Tim Christansan, Director of Security, Kroenke Sport Entertainment, 2017

Kim Boulet, MTS Center, 2016

David Born, Staples Center, 2015

Mark Brenner, First Niagara Center, 2014

Johnny Jackson, Joe Louis Arena, 2013

Clinton Peterson, PNC Arena, 2012


Joe Monroe, CSSP, Chief of Police, University of Kentucky Police Department, 2019

Andrew Burchfield, Director of Emergency Management & Communications, University of Michigan, 2018

Lawrence Rabalais, Jr., Chief of Police, LSU Police Department, 2017

Jennifer Gant, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 2016

Jeff Steele, Auburn University, 2015

Mark Bodenschatz, Pennsylvania State University, 2014

Larry Naifeh, University of Oklahoma, 2013

Paul Denton, The Ohio State University, 2012

Marathon / Endurance Events

Greg Haapala, Race Director, Grandma's Marathon, 2019

Virginia Achman, Executive Director, Twin Cities in Motion, 2018

John Bertsch, Executive Director of Global Safety & Security, IRONMAN World Championship, 2017

Ted Metellus, Competitor Group, 2016

Mike Nishi, Chicago Marathon, 2015

Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon, 2014

National Federation of High School Associations

Guy Grace, Director of Security and Emergency Planning, Littleton Public Schools, 2019

Marmion Dambrino, Director of Athletics, Houston Independent School District, 2018

Tom Gunnell, Chief Operations Officer, Katy Independent School District, 2017

Jay Hackett, Milton Academy, 2016

Amy Skeens-Benton, Carmel Clay High School, 2015

Mike Gulino, Byram Hills Central School District, 2014

Thomas J. Gunnell, Katy Independent School District, 2013

Major League Soccer

Meredith Ley, Stadium Operations Manager, Columbus Crew Soccer Club, 2019

Brian Corrigan, DC United, RFK Stadium, 2015

James McFarland, BBVA Compass Stadium, 2014

Gina McFarlin, FC Dallas Stadium, 2013

David Dollase, Livestrong Sporting, 2012


Ed Klima, Dover International Speedway, 2014

Matt Brannock, Martinsville Speedway, 2013

Jim Hobbs, Michigan International Speedway, 2012


Ed Harris, Verizon INDYCAR Series, 2016


Executive Event Services, Yorba Linda, California, 2013

United States Tennis Association

Dick Clark, Lindner Family Tennis Center, 2012

Private Security

Salim Toorabally, Private Security, 2016

Emerging Industry Leader Award🔗

The Emerging Industry Leader Award recognizes up and coming industry professionals that have, over the past year, demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing safety and security issues. The award recipient is selected by each professional league, NCAA, the NCS⁴’s Interscholastic Advisory Committee, and the NCS⁴'s' Marathon and Endurance Events Advisory Committee and presented annually at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

2021 Recipients🔗

Michelle Juehring, Race Director, Quad-City Times Bix 7 (Marathon/Endurance)

Dena Scott, Director of Athletics, Fort Bend Independent School District (High School)

Kory Dahlen, Director of Championships, Southeastern Conference (NCAA)

Melissa Lesperance, CSSP, Director, District Command Center, Olympia Development of Michigan (MLB)

Zoe Irizarry, Manager, Safety and Security, Major League Soccer (MLS)

Sarah Mathis, Director of Fan Experience, Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)

Previous Recipients🔗

National Football League

Sam Cornejo, Director of Security, SMG State Farm Stadium, 2019

Michael Fogel, Security Manager, AT&T Stadium, 2018

Billy Langenstein, Director of Event Services, U.S. Bank Stadium, 2017

Joe Coomer, Global Spectrum at University of Phoenix Stadium, 2015

National Basketball Association

Kevin Dooley, Spurs Sports & Entertainment/AT&T Center, 2016

Jerome Pickett, National Basketball Association, 2015

Major League Baseball

Sal DeAngelis, Philadelphia Phillies, 2015

Antonio Torres- Roman, Miami Marlins, 2015

Billy Lagenstein, Washington Nationals, 2015

National Hockey League

Mike McCarroll, Director of Guest Services, SAP Center at San Jose, 2017

Chad Ludkey, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, 2016

Steve Sanchez, Staples Center, 2015


Scott Ellis, CSSP, Lieutenant, University of South Carolina Police Department, 2019

Rebecca Wilusz, Duke University, 2018

Akin Bryant, Executive Police Lieutenant, University of Michigan – Division of Public Safety and Security, 2017

Drew Pittman, Assistant Athletics Director, Facilities, and Operations, Baylor University, 2017

David Ellis, Boise State University, 2016

National Federation of High School Associations

Patrick Lee, Athletic Director, Lamar County School District, 2019

Tamica Hill, School Resource Officer, Lamar County School District, 2018

Ben Rolens, General Manager, Special Events, Reservations, and Marketing, Katy Independent School District, 2017

Marathon / Endurance Events

Michael Clemons, Race Director, Louisville Sports Commission, 2019

Aaron Nemzer, Director of Events, DMSE Sports, Inc., 2018

Sean Barus, Director of Operations, Chicago Event Management, 2018

Charlotte Brookes, Event Director, Canadian Running Series, 2017

David Grice, President, RaceWorks, Inc., 2017

Matt West, Senior Vice President of Operations, DMSE Sports, Inc., 2017

Carly Caulfield, Houston Marathon Committee, 2016

Kyle McLaughlin, TCS New YorkC Marathon, 2015

Major League Soccer

Dan Lolli, Columbus Crew Soccer Club, 2016


Andrey Reis, Rio 2016 Olympics, 2016

Facility of Merit for Safety and Security Award🔗

This award recognizes a facility that has performed above and beyond normal operations to demonstrate an innovative approach to enhancing safety and security. The chosen facility may also have resolved a significant safety/security issue or incident. The award is selected by each professional league and the NCAA and presented annually by a league official at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

2021 Recipients🔗

Denver Colfax Marathon (Marathon/Endurance)

McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Event Center (High School)

Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, University of Texas (NCAA)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MLS)

Fiserv Forum (NBA)

FirstEnergy Stadium (NFL)

Rogers Place (NHL)

Previous Award Recipients🔗

NCAA Institutions

Albertsons Stadium, Boise State University, 2019

Canvas Stadium, Colorado State University, 2019

Scott Stadium, The University of Virginia, 2019

Bryant-Denny Stadium, The University of Alabama, 2018

Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, The University of Connecticut, 2018

Williams-Brice Stadium, The University of South Carolina, 2018

Vaught Hemingway Stadium, The University of Mississippi, 2017

Ryan Field, Northwestern University, 2017

Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke University, 2017

Michigan Stadium, University of Michigan, 2016

McLane Stadium, Baylor University, 2016

Lubber Stadium, Grand Valley State University, 2016

Carnie Smith Stadium, Pittsburg State University, 2016

Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn University, 2015

Albertsons Stadium, Boise State University, 2015

California Memorial Stadium, University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Alumni Stadium, Boston College, 2014

Commonwealth Stadium, University of Kentucky, 2014

Yale Bowl, Yale University, 2014

Tiger Stadium, Louisiana State University, 2013

Neyland Stadium, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013

Spartan Stadium, Michigan State University, 2013

Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, University of Oklahoma, 2012

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, University of Florida, 2012

Highpoint Solutions Stadium, Rutgers University, 2012

Ohio Stadium, The Ohio State University, 2011

Beaver Stadium, Penn State University, 2011

Kyle Field, Texas A&M University, 2011

National Football League

Hard Rock Stadium, 2019

CenturyLink Field, 2018

Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco 49ers, 2017

Lambeau Field - Green Bay, Wisconsin, 2016

University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, Arizona, 2015

MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, New Jersey, 2014

University of Phoenix - Glendale, Arizona, 2013

EverBank Field - Jacksonville, Florida, 2012

Gillette Stadium - Boston, Massachusetts, 2011

MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, New Jersey, 2011

National Hockey League

Little Caesar's Arena, 2019

American Airlines Center, 2018

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Predators, 2017

MTS Centre - Manitoba, Canada, 2016

Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2015

Madison Square Garden - New York, New York, 2014

United Center - Chicago, Illinois, 2013

Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, 2012

Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, Michigan, 2011

Major League Baseball

Citizens Bank Park, 2019

Busch Stadium, 2018

Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians, 2017

Yankee Stadium - New York City, New York, 2016

Nationals Parks - Washington, District of Columbia, 2015

Minute Maid Park - Houston, Texas, 2014

Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, Missouri, 2013

Rangers Ballpark - Arlington, Texas, 2012

Safeco Field - Seattle, Washington, 2011

National Basketball Association

Air Canada Centre - Ontario, Canada, 2016

Madison Square Garden - New York, New York, 2015

Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, Louisiana, 2014

American Airlines Arena - Miami, Florida, 2013

Amway Center - Orlando, Florida, 2012

Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, 2011

Major League Soccer

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 2019

Red Bull Arena - Harrison, New Jersey, 2015

StubHub Center - Los Angeles, California, 2013

Livestrong Sporting Park - Kansas City, Missouri, 2012

PPL Park - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2011

National Federation of High School Associations

Delmar-Tusa Sports Complex, Houston ISD, 2019

St. Mark’s School of Texas, 2018

Oak Grove High School, 2018

Littleton Public Schools, 2018

Maryville City Schools, 2017

Saginaw Public School District, 2017

Richmond Public Schools, 2017

Katy Independent School District, 2016

Milton Academy, 2016

Thornton Academy, 2016

Stutler Bowl & Legacy Stadium, Cherry Creek School District, 2015

Houseman Field, Grand Rapids School District, 2015

Carmel Clay High School District - Carmel, Indiana, 2014

Menomonee Falls School District - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, 2014

Wicomico County Stadium - Salisbury, Maryland, 2014

Racine Unified School District - Racine, Wisconsin, 2013

Marathon / Endurance Events

St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, 2019

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, 2018

Big Sur Marathon, 2017

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, 2016

TCS New York City Marathon, 2015

Boston Athletic Association, 2014


World Series - Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 2011


United States Tennis Association

Lindner Family Tennis Center - Mason, Ohio, 2012


Martinsville Speedway - Ridgeway, Virginia, 2013

Michigan International Speedway - Brooklyn, Michigan, 2012

Daytona International Speedway - Daytona, Florida, 2011


Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Texas, 2013


Bruno Event Team - Birmingham, Alabama, 2012

Wegmans Championship - Rochester, New York, 2011

Kraft Nabisco Championship - Rancho Mirage, California, 2011

Sports Security Innovator Award🔗

Sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA)

Annual Award given at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference.

The award is presented to a member of SIA who has:

  • Demonstrated innovation by developing next-generation solutions to sports safety and security challenges

  • Promoted scholarship and advanced best practices for ensuring the safety and security of participants and attendees at sporting events

  • Advocated for the highest levels of professionalism in the securing of spectator sports venues

Scott Dunn, Senior Director of Business Development, Solutions and Services, Axis Communications, 2019

Brian Young, Chief Commercial Officer, Johnson Controls, 2018

Dave Tynan, Business Area Director, Axis Communications, 2017

Golden Eagle Award🔗

Presented annually by SDM Magazine and Security Magazine, this award recognizes excellence in architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) specifically related to the safety and security of spectators, property and infrastructure of spectator event facilities. The award considers the critical design and functionality elements that enable and promote the safety and security of all stakeholders in an efficient and effective manner.

2021 Recipient🔗

Meridian Rapid Defense Group, Tournament of Roses Game and Parade

Previous Award Recipients🔗

Digital Ally, Situational Security at Metlife Stadium, 2019

GeoComm, 2018

Babel Street, 2017

Genetec, A Unified Security Solution for Knight’s Stadium, 2016

Axis Communications, 2015

MicroPower Technologies, 2014

ISS 24/7, 2013

Friends of NCS⁴ Award🔗

The Friends of NCS⁴ Award recognizes professionals whose contributions have been invaluable to the advancement of the Center.

2021 Recipients🔗

Scott Dickson, Associate General Manager, Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University

Steve Georgas, CSSP, Deputy Chief (Ret.), Chicago Police Department

Billy Langenstein, CSSP, Director of Security Services, National Football League

Michael Nishi, Chief Operating Officer, Chicago Event Management

John Pepper, CSSP, Sergeant, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Tim “Tuba” Smith, Director, Festivals and Strategic Events, C3 Presents

Gary Stevens, Director of Student Activities, Thornton Academy

Jesse Watkins, Director of Operations, TEEX/National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center

Amanda Wright, Owner, Wright Consulting

Previous Award Recipients🔗

Kelly Bartling, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Communications and Community Relations, University of Nebraska at Kearny, 2019

Timothy Guiterrez, Supervisory Special Agent, (FBI), 2019

Seaton King, Battalion Chief (Ret.), Pasadena Fire Department, 2019

Mark Klukow, Sergeant, Minneapolis Police Department, 2019

Jim Mercurio, Vice President, Stadium Operations and General Manager, Forty Niners Management Company, Levi's Stadium, 2019

Kenna Powell, CSSP, Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Providence Day School, 2019

Michael Hartnett, Unit Chief, Crisis Management Division, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), 2018

Joe Jackson, Market Manager – Public Safety, Control Room Group by AVI-SPL, 2018

Tom Gunnell, Chief Operations Officer (Ret.), Cincinnati Public Schools & Katy Independent School District, 2018

Patrice Matamoros, Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburg Three Rivers Marathon, 2018

Drew Pittman, Assistant Athletic Director, Event Management & Facilities, Baylor University, 2018

Michael Roberts, Programme Manager, INTERPOL Project STADIA, 2018

Joey Sturm, Chief of Police, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, 2017

Virginia Brophy Achman, Executive Director, Twin Cities in Motion, 2017

Troy Brown, Vice President of Stadium Operations, Cleveland Browns, 2017

Larry Johnson, Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director of Public Safety and School Security, Grand Rapids Public Schools, 2017

Khaled Hatem, Specialized Officer, INTERPOL Project STADIA, 2017

Dane Dodd, 2016

Andy Burchfield, 2016

John King, 2016

Wade Morehead, 2016

Jeff Steele, 2016

Fred Gardy, 2015

Richard Morman, 2015

Sharon Cessna, 2015

Russ Simons, 2015

Elliot Hopkins, 2015

Bret Becton, 2014

Diane Mack, 2014

Paul Turner, 2014

Don Paisant, 2014

Jennifer Gant, 2014

Wayne Folkes, 2014

Mark Bodenschatz, 2013

Mike Caruso, 2013

Bill Squires, 2013

Gary Gardner, 2013

Al Davis, 2013

Peter Fos, 2012

Bob Hopkins, 2012

Ted Hayduk, 2012

Doug Thornton, 2012

David Meyer, 2012

Technology Alliance Member of the Year🔗

The Technology Alliance Member of the Year Award recognizes a member of the Sports and Entertainment Technology Alliance who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to research and training addressing industry needs in sports safety and security.

2021 Recipient🔗

Ryan Zatolokin, Senior Technologist, Axis Communications