Feb. 20, 2013
For the first time in school history, a Siena softball player has been named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS award, and her name is Shannon Jones. The senior is just one of 30 players in consideration nationally for one of the most recognizable award in collegiate athletics.
A native of nearby Troy, N.Y., Jones' candidacy continues a recent string of Senior CLASS candidates from Siena College. Jones is the College's 10th candidate for this prestigious honor with all of the nominees coming since 2010. The first student athlete in Siena Softball history to be named a candidate, Jones joins Danny Martinsen (men's lacrosse), O.D. Anosike (men’s basketball), Lily Grenci (women’s basketball), Jannis Opalka (men’s soccer) and Lesli Akeo (volleyball) as Siena College's 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award nominees.
The reigning MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, Jones becomes the first ever Siena softball player to be nominated for the award. The 2013 candidate list feature just six other players from the East Coast, and only one other athlete from the state of New York.
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.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City May 30 through June 5.
Throughout her career, Jones has excelled in all four criteria outlined in the Senior CLASS Award. A biology major who possesses a 3.53 cumulative GPA, she has already been accepted into Sage College’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Graduate Program.
Jones has been an active participant in the college’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee, serving as vice-president. She founded the Student-Athlete Mentoring (SAM) program and currently serves as president of the Committee.
On the field, Shannon Jones is the most accomplished player in Siena College history. The reigning MAAC Co-Player of the Year ranked number one in the conference in six different offensive statistics as a junior: batting average (.434), home runs, hits, runs, total bases (127), and slugging percentage (.836) and tied for the MAAC lead in runs batted in (43) and doubles (15).
Jones and the Saints open up their 2013 campaign at East Tennessee State, Saturday Feb. 23.
For more information on Jones' nomination and all of this year's candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
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.