Tishia Jewell of UCF wins the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® for women’s soccer

November 30, 2012

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – UCF forward Tishia Jewell, who led the Knights to the second round of the NCAA tournament this season, has been selected as the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® winner in NCAA® Division I women’s soccer.

The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, community, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

“I want to thank all the people who supported me and voted for me during the season. I am very excited and honored to win this award,” Jewell said. “It represents not only my athletic career, but my life as a part of UCF and in the community. I am also honored to leave C-USA and UCF with this accomplishment.”
During her career, Jewell has been recognized as an NSCAA/Adidas Collegiate Scholar All-American and UCF’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Satellite Beach, Fla., native carries a 3.75 grade point average and is pursuing two master’s degrees after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2011. She was also named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District IV first team and is a two-time member of the Conference USA All-Academic first team.  As the lead volunteer at the Creative School for Children, a youth soccer coach, and a volunteer at The Haven for Children and the Women’s Center in Brevard, Jewell has recorded countless hours of community service.

“This award is very prestigious, and it is awesome that it recognizes student-athletes not only in their achievements on the field, but off the field as well,” UCF head coach Amanda Cromwell said. “Tishia’s academics and contributions to society have been a relevant part of her experience here at UCF. Compared to a lot of student-athletes around the country, she set herself apart, but she was in great company with the list of finalists. We are very proud of her. It’s a very special award for a special student-athlete.”

Jewell has been an NSCAA All-American and a two-time All-Central Region selection. She was Soccer America’s Most Valuable Player as a junior.  Jewell has been a force in C-USA as a three-time all-conference honoree and an offensive player of the year.  During the 2012 regular season, Jewell led the team and conference in assists and captured UCF’s school record for career assists.  UCF finished the regular season with a 17-4-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the sixth consecutive year.  As a captain, Jewell helped UCF to its first conference tournament championship and to the team’s highest national ranking in the past two decades.

“We have many outstanding candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. It’s truly incredible how well rounded women’s soccer players across the nation are, so it takes a special student-athlete to stand out among that group,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “Tishia had a fantastic career on and off the field. She is a deserving winner of this award.”

DI Women’s Soccer 2012 Winner

Name Position School
Tishia Jewell Forward UCF

First Team

Name Position School
Amber Brooks Midfielder North Carolina
Tara Campbell Goalkeeper Duke
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall Defender Brigham Young
Mariah Nogueira Midfielder Stanford

Second Team

Name Position School
Adrianna “AD” Franch Goalkeeper Oklahoma State
Ally Miller Defender Marquette
Natalie Norris Defender Utah State
Mallory Schaffer Midfielder William and Mary
Colleen Williams Forward Dayton