Army West Point Senior Associate Athletic Director Bob Beretta has been named the ECAC-SIDA Bob Kenworthy Award Winner, announced by the ECAC-SIDA Executive Board yesterday. With the cancellation of the 2020 ECAC-SIDA Workshop, this year's award winners are scheduled to be celebrated during the Awards Dinner at the 2021 ECAC-SIDA Workshop, set for June 21-25, 2021 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The organization's 2021 award winners will be honored at that time as well.
"Bob Beretta is very deserving of this recognition as the Bob Kenworthy Award Winner," Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. "He is a tremendous asset to our athletic department and has played an integral role in the development of ECAC-SIDA since the beginning of the organization. Bob has been a staple in Army Athletics for over 30 years and his commitment to helping develop leaders of character is a testament to who he is as a person."
The Bob Kenworthy Award is presented at the discretion of the ECAC-SIDA Executive Board to a person or organization (excluding vendor) for contributions to the corporation and mission of ECAC-SIDA. Beretta is in his 33rd year at Army West Point and his 19th as a member of the Black Knights' senior leadership team. His name is one of a handful that is synonymous with ECAC-SIDA, primarily in regards to the organization's charitable activities.
"I am deeply honored to receive the Bob Kenworthy Award from ECAC-SIDA, Beretta said. "Knowing Bob, the unyielding commitment he made to publicizing student-athletes and his vast overall contributions to intercollegiate athletics makes this award incredibly special. I am so humbled to have even been considered for such an honor. "ECAC-SIDA has always been dear to me and those feelings are due to people like Bob Kenworthy and the countless selfless servants within the organization's membership. I would like to thank the Executive Board for their steadfast work and continued dedication to the communications field. I am so grateful to have been associated with this outstanding group of professionals for so many years."
Beretta is a past president of ECAC-SIDA, having held the role of President in 2001-02. Upon his exit from the presidential rotation, Beretta assumed the newly-created role of Charities Chair. During his 15 years as Charities Chair, ECAC-SIDA raised more than $60,000 through the annual charity raffle at Wally World and related initiatives. Beretta is a past recipient of the Irving T. Marsh Award (2010) and Pete Nevins Award (2014).
Beretta began his career at Army in 1987 as assistant SID, before being promoted to Sports Information Director in April of 1985. In 2000 he was named an assistant athletic director, the first SID to hold such a role at West Point. He was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications in August 2003. Two years later, Beretta added the title of Senior Associate Athletic Director and expanded that role to Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, Relationships and Branding in May of 2008. He was named Senior Executive Associate Athletic Director in July 2010, then was elevated to Executive Athletic Director in February 2012. In 2020, he was elected to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame.. Story.