Berean Grad Intoppa Earns Top Collegiate Communications Award

Christopher Intoppa with his wife Leah.

Christopher Intoppa, a 2013 graduate of Berean Christian School and the sports information director at Montreat College in North Carolina, has been selected as a College Sports Communicators (CSC) 30 Under 30 award recipient.

The CSC 30 Under 30 program recognizes emerging athletics communications professionals throughout the CSC membership. It was created in 2022 by the CSC Young Professionals Committee. Nominees were encouraged at all divisional levels and all types of communications and creative positions. To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be 29 years old or younger on Dec. 31, 2023, have an active CSC membership and not have won the honor previously.

“It is a tremendous honor and blessing to be selected for the CSC 30 Under 30 award. I’m thankful for everyone who has assisted, mentored and encouraged me, and to God for giving me talents and abilities. Earning this distinction is something I don’t take lightly, and I’m eager to continue to develop professionally,” said Intoppa, who played football and soccer at Berean and later graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

Honorees for the 2023 class were chosen by a group composed of representatives from 12 different CSC committees, as well as past winners. Candidates were considered based on achievement in professional success, impact of their athletic department/conference office and service to CSC.

An active member of CSC and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Information Directors Association, Intoppa has spent the last two years on both the NAIA-SIDA programming and publications committees, assisting with NAIA divisional day planning at the CSC convention, as well as organizing and judging publications contests. Intoppa attended several CSC annual conventions over the last five years to grow in understanding of the sports information field.

Intoppa, who has spent the last four years working at Montreat, became the second full-time sports information director in the school’s history when he was hired in January 2020. He is one of two staff members covering 23 sports.

Prior to joining Montreat, Intoppa worked at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. There, he was the primary contact for women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and baseball, while assisting with other sports. He has also worked as a graduate assistant in athletic communications at Southeastern University in Lakeland.

During his time at Southeastern, Intoppa completed an undergraduate thesis and fulfilled his internship requirement in the athletic department at the University of South Florida. He was also a place kicker on the football team during his freshman year.

In April 2019, Intoppa obtained his master’s degree in business administration after receiving his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Southeastern in 2017.

Intoppa was also the 12th recipient of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Willie Belcher SID of the Year award for his work during the 2022-23 school year.

Intoppa and his wife Leah reside in Asheville, North Carolina.