John Sheridan Named 2013 Senior Class Award Candidate

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Thirty NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates yesterday for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate baseball, including Brown senior co-captain, John Sheridan (Palo, Alto, CA). 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 complete list of candidates follows this release.

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.

A public policy and economics double concentrator, Sheridan has maintained an impressive 3.67 GPA, earning first team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors in 2012. He has also made a significant impact on the Brown baseball program, earning second team All-Ivy honors during his sophomore season after appearing in 37 games and batting a .310 in conference action with 18 runs, 39 hits, five doubles and nine RBIs. He also turned in a .352 slugging percentage and a .380 on-base percentage in Ivy League action, as well as a .971 fielding percentage overall. Additionally, Sheridan stole 23 bases in 24 attempts, including a perfect 13-for-13 in league games, ranking him first in the conference by a five-base margin. During his junior campaign, Sheridan posted a .315 batting average in 30 games, making him the Bears' second best hitter, before injury kept him out for the remainder of the season. He tallied 14 runs, 35 hits, six doubles, two triples, one home run and 13 RBIs, while also compiling a .432 slugging percentage and a .350 on-base percentage. He made no errors on the field during his abbreviated season, and finished third in the conference with 12 stolen bases out of 16 attempts.

Sheridan has also made a wealth of contributions to the community, highlighted by his development of the Baseball Academy for Sustaining Education in Sport (BASES), a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the high school dropout rates among Providence's inner city youth while also improving college access. Using a grant he received in 2012 from Brown's Swearer Center, he developed a three-year mentoring program that employs a unique curriculum designed to improve access to college advising resources and counseling in conjunction with baseball skills development. This past summer, he coordinated and directed a kick-off event for the mentoring program. The 10-day baseball/academic advising camp for urban student athletes was called the "College Baseball Experience", and allowed the participants to meet potential mentors in a baseball specific setting. Sheridan is currently finalizing plans to bring the BASES program to East Palo Alto, California.

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 College World Series® in Omaha June 15-26.

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.


Baseball Candidates

Mark Appel, Stanford

Shane Basen, Charlotte

Blake Beemer, Ball State

Brandon Boudreaux, Tulane

Chase Brookshire, Belmont

Joe Burg, Hofstra

Chase Byerly, Butler

Nick Camastro, Manhattan

Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist

Johnny Coy, Wichita State

LB Dantzler, South Carolina

Jordan Enos, Holy Cross

Michael Felton, Campbell

Nick Ferraresi, Columbia

Mitch Garver, New Mexico

Sean Hagan, St. John's

Reed Harper, Austin Peay

Mike Le Bel, Rhode Island

Carlos Lopez, Cal State Fullerton

Jeff Melillo, Rutgers

Alex Mendez, South Florida

Austin Montgomery, Southern Illinois

Matt Pare, Boston

Colton Plaia, Loyola Marymount

Raph Rhymes, LSU

Chris Rowley, Army

John Sheridan, Brown

John Straka, North Dakota State

Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech

Greg Zebrack, Southern California