José Pañeda, Class of 1982
Lifetime Achievement Award - Excellence in Sports Broadcasting
Professional and Personal:
"La Voz" of the Miami Heat - 19 years as the Spanish language commentator for the team. Has been with the team since its inaugural season in 1988 (20 years) Has done over 1444 consecutive radio broadcasts not including preseason and playoffs (171) including the 2006 NBA Championships (an NBA record for Spanish language announcers) Has appeared on numerous television broadcasts including many games in the NBA finals. In 1998 was recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the "fastest speaking" play by play announcers in the NBA
Graduated from the Florida International University in 1986
While at Belen Jesuit:
Spent 6 years at Belen Jesuit. Three-year Varsity Letterman in Baseball Varsity Letterman in Soccer
Lives in Miami with his wife Ana and their twins, José Carlos and Alexander.