University of Denver Athletics
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – University of Denver men's soccer senior captain Andre Shinyashiki (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award for Men's Soccer, the award's committee announced on Wednesday.
"Andre is one of the most unselfish guys I know," head coach Jamie Franks said. "He never asks anyone to do something that he's not willing to do himself—that's academically, in the community and on the field. He understands as a leader of this team that it's his job to build people up, and it's his job to hold everyone to the standards and expectations of the program. Most importantly, I've watched him grow over his four years in his ability to motivate and to support people. He's increased his self-awareness and his growth mindset. He's never satisfied with where he is at, and no matter how good or bad he plays, he is still hyper-critical of himself, but not to a fault. He's also found a good balance of understanding that growth also comes from the ability to be kind to yourself, too."
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.
The candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists 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 student-athlete who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup® championships in December.
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.