Sept. 25, 2007
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - UC Santa Barbara defender Andy Iro has been named a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Monday. The only three-time All-American in program history, Iro is one of 20 Division I men's soccer players that are being considered for the annual award that is presented to a senior student athlete who excels both on and off the field.
Twenty male and twenty female players have been selected as candidates for the 2007 soccer awards, based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate soccer careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.
"This is a tremendous honor," Iro said. "Its great that there is an award out there that recognizes a players' accomplishments both on and off the field and rewards the athlete that is committed to staying in school and taking the academic side of being a student athlete seriously."
In men's soccer, the list of 2007 candidates includes players from 19 universities and a total of 10 conferences are represented.
From the list of candidates in each sport a national media committee will select 10 finalists in both divisions in October for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Those ten names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 16 and concluding November 21. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championships, scheduled on December 7-9 in College Station, TX for women and December 14-16 in Cary, NC for men.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award was first created in 2001 in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving school early to turn professional and has since expanded to include Soccer. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the CLASS award was designed to honor the attributes of seniors who remain committed to their university and elect to pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring. More information can be found at: www.seniorclassaward.com.
Iro and the Gauchos (3-2-2) open Big West play Saturday, September 29 against the conference's newest member UC Davis. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.
Release courtesy of Erik Miner, Premier Sports Management