Aug 21, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Men's Soccer captain James Beeston has been selected as one of just 30 Division I candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. The senior midfielder from Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England is one of two candidates from the MAAC along with Iona's Franklin Castellanos.
Beeston becomes Siena College's 11th candidate for the Senior CLASS Award with each coming since 2010. During the 2012-13 academic year, Siena boasted a school record six candidates which was tied for the third most in the nation.
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 - community, classroom, 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.
From the pool of 30 candidates, a list of 10 finalists will be announced midway through the regular season and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the NCAA Men's College Cup championships in December.
Beeston joins former teammate Jannis Opalka '13 as the only Siena Men's Soccer candidates for the Senior CLASS Award in program history. Like Opalka, Beeston has excelled in all four criteria outlined in the Senior CLASS Award.
In the classroom, Beeston maintains a stellar 3.6 cumulative GPA while majoring in English and minoring in Business. He has been named to either the Siena College President's List or Dean's List in all six of his collegiate semesters to date and following last season was a NSCAA Third Team Scholar All-American and an NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Second Team selection.
Beeston's character has played a major role in his success as he gets ready to embark upon his third season as the Saints' captain. On his character, head coach Cesar Markovic in part said, "James is a rare young man in today's world. He is a completely selfless leader to his peers both on and off the field. He leads by example and his example is always so far above any normal expectation. He personifies a true captain and is a model Siena Saint to everyone who crosses his path."
Beeston has been an active participant and actively taken the lead in numerous Siena Athletics' "Saints in the Community" department initiatives. He along with his teammates played a significant role in Siena winning the 2011-12 MAAC Pepsi Refresh Goodworks Challenge for performing the most community service hours of any school in the conference. Locally he has volunteered at youth clinics, the Albany Shooting Stars and Ronald McDonald House while back in his native England he has volunteered as a youth soccer coach just to name a few.
On the field of competition, Beeston was named a First Team All-MAAC, All-MAAC Tournament Team and an NSCAA All-North Atlantic Third Team selection last fall. He led the MAAC for a second time in three years in assists in 2012, helping lead the Saints to a 10-win season and the program's best-ever single season conference winning percentage (.857). Beeston enters his senior season with 21 assists - second most in program history.
The Senior CLASS Award is presented annually in the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, baseball, football, hockey, men's lacrosse, softball and volleyball. For more information on Beeston's candidacy and all of this year's candidates, visit SeniorCLASSAward.com.
Beeston and the Saints kick off their 2013 season Sunday, Sept. 1 at Sacred Heart.
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.