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Matt Gasper

Nominations for Seniors in 2020-21 Will Proceed

by Matt Gasper December 07, 2020 in Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer

As the Senior CLASS Award continues to evolve and maneuver through the COVID-19 pandemic, it has always been our goal to recognize and honor the well-deserving senior student-athletes who represent their prestigious universities during the 2020-21 academic school year. Nominations for the various Senior CLASS Award sports are beginning to open up and we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify how the award process will be conducted during this ever-changing time and address a frequently… Continue Reading

Gary Heise

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

by Gary Heise October 16, 2020 in Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer

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

Jill Lee

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Highlights

by Jill Lee June 14, 2018 in Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer

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

Senior CLASS Award Year in Review

by Jill Lee June 29, 2017 in Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Men's Soccer

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

Laurie Bollig

Jewell and McDuff experienced life as student-athletes in uniquely different ways

by Laurie Bollig December 10, 2012 in Men's Soccer

When it came to selecting a college at which to play soccer, Tishia Jewell and Ryan McDuff couldn’t have chosen more divergent paths. Jewell, a Satellite Beach, Fla., native, chose to stay close to home, enrolling at the University of Central Florida in Orlando – the ultimate American tourist destination. UCF boasts an enrollment of 60,000. McDuff, who grew up in Plano, Tex., decided to move 2,000 miles away, choosing to attend Brown University in Rhode Island – geographically, the… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Returning the favor is important to Coastal Carolina’s Bennett

by Michael Lewis October 08, 2012 in Men's Soccer

In January, Ashton Bennett had a giant carrot being dangled in front of him as he was being touted as a possible top 10 pick in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. While rookies certainly don’t make millions in pro soccer in the United States, getting an opportunity to pursue a career in an avocation that you love can be enticing. But there was only one slight problem—the Jamaican native would have had to give up his senior year at Coastal Carolina University, and that was not an option on… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Holt states his case for a successful career

by Michael Lewis December 18, 2011 in Men's Soccer

As a goalkeeper who is all of 5-foot-8, Creighton University senior Brian Holt has heard the talk that he was too small to be a goalkeeper. Yet, he has managed to stand tall in the net and off the pitch in more ways than one. Holt wound up as one of four NCAA Division I goalkeepers still standing as Creighton earned a spot in the NCAA Men’s College Cup in Hoover, Ala. So, given his play and leadership on the field, and focus, classroom and volunteer work off it, it was not surprising that… Continue Reading

Eric Anderson

Men’s soccer standout Agaba prepares to repay the villagers who helped him stay in school

by Eric Anderson October 17, 2011 in Men's Soccer

As an elite student and standout soccer player in Kampala, Uganda, Perez Agaba was poised to make a choice as his time at King’s College Budo Secondary School came to an end. “You’ve got to choose one of the two; doing both is almost impossible,” Agaba said of the setup in his homeland, where college sports are essentially limited to intramural activities. “You’re either going for the academics or for the soccer, and you’ve got to decide.” There was no doubt which way Agaba would have gone.… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

Candidate classes include top notch student-athletes

by Laurie Bollig August 30, 2011 in Men's Soccer

As the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award begins its 11th year, 120 NCAA Division I student-athletes have been announced as candidates for the award in four sports. The credentials of the candidates include stellar performances in the classroom and on the field or court as well as outstanding examples of community service. The 2011 men’s and women’s soccer candidate class includes 15 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans from last season. Half of the 60 have maintained a… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Collegiate goals accomplished…soccer winners move on to compete in other arenas

by Michael Lewis December 13, 2010 in Men's Soccer

It should not be surprising that North Carolina midfielder Ali Hawkins and Akron midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong earned the women’s and men’s honors for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. After all, it has never about them. It has always been about someone or something else. Their reaction to winning the awards said it all. “It’s an honor,”  Ampaipitakwong said. “I take it as a team award. My team helped me get this award for all of the years I put into this program. I gave back… Continue Reading

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