Two Menlo Staff Members Win GSAC Awards, Nominated for National Awards

Aaron Gillespie and Ashley Vogds

ATHERTON, Calif. – Announced this week by the Golden State Athletic Conference are the ten individuals that will be nominated for several NAIA annual awards. These individuals have been put forth by conference office, with several voted on by a committee of GSAC members. Menlo College has two members from its staff that are conference-level recipients with the chance to win at the national level: Aaron Gillespie and Ashley Vogds.

Aaron Gillespie is being nominated at the NAIA level for the Clarence “Ike” Pearson award, presented annually to a member of the NAIA-Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA) to honor outstanding contributions to the profession. Gillespie came to Menlo College as the Sports Information Director in December of 2012 and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Communications in 2016. More recently, he spearheaded a complete rebrand of Menlo College Athletics before the 2017-18 school year, including branding, social media, and website redesign. During his time at Menlo, he has created multiple apps for Menlo College Athletics, including a mobile site and a fan-rewards app.

Gillespie has helped host several conference tournaments across two conferences during his time at Menlo (Cal Pac – Women’s Soccer championship, Women’s Basketball championship. GSAC – Baseball championship, soccer opening round contests, Softball championship). In addition, he travels with the Menlo Men’s Wrestling team to Nationals every year to provide live coverage. This represents the first time that Gillespie has won this award at the GSAC level and will now on to the national level.

Ashley Vogds is named the GSAC’s Athletic Trainer of the Year, and will be put forth at the NAIA level. Vogds has been the Head Athletic Trainer at Menlo College since the beginning of 2014 academic year. Ashley is highly involved both on campus and within the Athletic Training Community and has built a highly-regarded team of full-time assistants and graduate assistants to serve the Menlo Athletic Community. Ashley is fully committed to campus as a college fellow where she works various on-campus events and even teaches a weekly yoga class which is open to students, faculty, staff and coaches.

Furthermore, Vogds has twice served as a guest speaker at San Jose State University where she covered the topic of begin a Head Female Athletic Trainer. She also was a GSAC speaker on the subject of Institutional Drug Testing. Additionally, she has worked within her local physician network to provide student-athletes with a discounted fitted mouth guard option for their sport. She also coordinated at Menlo Fire Department visit in August of 2018 to cover EAP preparation for on-campus athletic events. This marks the first time Vogds has won the award while with the GSAC, and the fourth time that a Menlo trainer has won the award at a conference level.