Gary Heise

We’re Honoring Seniors in 2020-21 - Just on a Revised Timeline

by Gary Heise October 16, 2020 in Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

The Senior CLASS Award has proudly honored the nation’s top senior student-athletes for 18 years. We’ve presented awards to many amazing young stars, some of which have gone on to professional sports careers and others who have been just as successful pursuing other paths in life. The award launched in 2002 with the inspiring story of Shane Battier, the urging of the late, great Dick Enberg and a group of executives who moved forward with the idea. It has grown immensely into an ever-popular… Continue Reading

Frank Lombardo

Parity for Players

by Frank Lombardo March 23, 2020 in Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball

Every young athlete dreams of lifting a trophy at the end of a championship game. It takes years of hard work, dedication, and determination to prepare themselves to have that opportunity. Only a few are able to fulfill that ultimate dream. The NCAA has made the responsible and correct decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships. It was, and still is, unprecedented territory for all of us. They were left with no other choice, as the health and safety of everyone involved… Continue Reading

Gary Heise

Just Do The Right Thing

by Gary Heise February 11, 2020 in Women's Basketball

All of us are faced from time to time with difficult decisions or confronted with situations that require action that will be scrutinized. In many cases, not everyone will agree with our resolution. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that when we encounter these types of circumstances, there’s only one way to approach it: assess carefully and then just do the right thing. Regardless of the potential backlash, just get it right. A few days ago, we announced the ten women’s… Continue Reading

Jeremy Bohnert

Senior CLASS Award Winners Use Their Platforms to Make a Difference

by Jeremy Bohnert April 11, 2019 in Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball

As a recent college graduate myself, I can recall seeing student-athletes at every turn, all around campus and in my classes. Some would turn more heads than others as the stars of their respective teams. But it’s the stars that shine from a different light that I have really come to appreciate. All collegiate student-athletes have a platform that provides them the opportunity to be heard and to make a difference. Some embrace that opportunity more than others, and that is what excites me… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Highlights

by Jill Lee June 14, 2018 in Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Another year. Another 10 outstanding student-athletes honored as Senior CLASS Award winners. We love it! From fall to spring, the 2017-18 academic year gave us some incredibly memorable winners. So, to recap this season, we’d like to recount three of our internal highlights from this Senior CLASS Award year. Take a look! 1. Okay, let’s be honest here. Football winner Shaquem Griffin had one of the most amazing stories in all of sports this year, and we were thrilled to be able to honor… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

The Phenomenal Shaquem Griffin

by Jill Lee May 09, 2018 in Football

If you followed the NFL Draft this year, you undoubtedly heard about the one-handed linebacker from UCF who was drafted in the second round by the Seahawks. How can you NOT hear about that? It’s an extremely unique story. And (not to pat ourselves on the back, but…) we knew it was coming. Last fall when our committee was reviewing Senior CLASS Award nominations for football, they came across one that caused everyone to pause. It was, of course, Shaquem Griffin—a first-team All-ACC star… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

Senior CLASS Award Year in Review

by Jill Lee June 29, 2017 in Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Every spring when the academic year comes to a close, we get a chance to look back on the “year that was” in the world of the Senior CLASS Award (SCA). It’s always inspiring to remember the student-athletes who were honored and recall what they’d done to deserve the honor. This year was certainly one to remember for the SCA staff, as it featured several firsts in award history. We saw our first set of twins make it to the round of finalists when Minnesota volleyball stars Paige and… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

Foltz Receives Historic First Honorary Senior CLASS Award Nomination

by Jill Lee October 31, 2016 in Football

The email tugged at all of our heartstrings. It came to the inbox of Senior CLASS Award Director Erik Miner in early September from Nebraska Assistant A.D. Keith Mann, who said he had a unique question about the SCA nomination process. Earlier in the summer, Nebraska had endured one of the most tragic scenarios imaginable earlier in the summer when Sam Foltz, their first-string punter, had been killed in an automobile accident on his way back from a kicking camp in Wisconsin. As an… Continue Reading

Brian Taylor

Hockey Candidates Share Common Link

by Brian Taylor February 15, 2016 in Hockey

Every season the Senior CLASS Award honors the commitment and success of those student-athletes who are on track to graduate and have exhausted all of their athletic eligibility. However, getting a glimpse of these athletes before their collegiate careers even begin does not happen often. It is even more rare to see the paths of multiple SCA candidates cross before they ever step foot on a college campus. On the border of South Dakota and Iowa lies a town by the name of Sioux City. Home of the… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

The Epitome of Senior CLASS

by Jill Lee January 11, 2016 in Football

It’s not often that an athlete is referred to as the “most important player in school history,” but when one is, it’s a good idea to take notice. This season, that’s what ESPN.com writer Alex Scarborough labeled Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott after he spent four years rewriting the school record books and restoring winning ways to Starkville. Just before Prescott went out and led his team to a dominant victory in the 2015 Belk Bowl, it was announced that the… Continue Reading

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