Deric Swanson is in his 13th year as the Director of BuffVision, coordinating all
aspects of production involving the $3.6 million video display board operation for athletics.
Swanson, 38, came to CU from the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche,
where he had worked for a brief time as the manager of game entertainment and video
production. He had previously worked three-plus seasons with the Colorado Rockies
Baseball Club, first as a stadium camera operator, and then as video production coordinator,
including the 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Coors Field.
In 2003, BuffVision won the Golden Matrix Award for “Best Overall Video Display” in
the University Division at the Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA)
conference in Atlanta.
The following year, BuffVision was awarded two distinctions, one for the 2004 Aurora
Awards, a Platinum Best of Show statue for In- Game Entertainment Graphics/Design, and a
Telly Award for The Buffalo Stampede, CU’s coaches’ show. In 2006 and 2007, BuffVision
won three more Telly Awards for Swanson's production, including two for the "Ralphie on
Campus" institutional spot and another for The Buffalo Stampede.
He is a 1996 graduate of Colorado State University, earning his bachelor’s degree in
technical journalism and broadcasting. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was recognized
as CSU's outstanding graduate in journalism.
He was born May 24, 1974 in Oakland, Calif., and attended two high schools. His
father was stationed in the Azores, Portugal, and he spent two years at Lajes High School,
where he lettered in football, soccer, volleyball and basketball. After moving to Colorado, he
graduated from Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, where he lettered in football. He
played volleyball on CSU’s club team for three years. Swanson has also competed in five
IronMan events, including a personal best of 11 hours and 29 minutes in Phoenix, Ariz., in