ELGIN, Ill. – The Judson University men's and women's soccer teams will be represented at the national level for the NCCAA on Tuesday, November 29th, as both Corey Burke and Tatum Teevans are finalists for the national player of the year award. It is the first time for the women's program to have a nominee and the men will be seeking their sixth national player of the year award.
Both Burke and Teevans have already earned academic awards this year being voted onto the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the NAIA. Teevans was also recently named NCCAA All-Region. Last year, Burke was named the NAIA's A.O. Duer award winner as the top junior athlete in the NAIA.
Below is the official release from the NCCAA:
The finalists for the NCCAA Michelle Akers Award and the NCCAA Kyle Rote, Jr. Award were announced today by the NCCAA for men's and women's soccer, respectively. These two awards recognize one elite student-athlete in each sport who embodies the qualities of the NCCAA and the two soccer standouts for whom they are named.
The criteria for these awards include Christian service, high academic achievement, and excellence within their sport. These awards are sponsored by The Gary Beck Foundation and are selected by a committee comprised of Akers, Rote, Jr., Gary Beck, Terry Eichorst, and the National Soccer Chairpersons within the NCCAA.
The finalists for the 2011 Michelle Akers Award are:
Janel Schmitt Olivet Nazarene University Senior Midfielder
Megan Smith Spring Arbor University Junior Forward
Tatum Teevans Judson University Senior Midfielder
The finalists for the 2011 Kyle Rote, Jr. Award are:
Corey Burke Judson University Senior Midfielder
Jake McCracken Geneva College Senior Midfielder
Grant Rardon Central Christian College Junior Defender
Stephen Zacchigna Houghton College Senior Goalkeeper
The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 29 at the NCCAA Division I Soccer Kick-off event hosted by Campus Crusade for Christ in Orlando. The selected student-athletes will receive a beautiful trophy recognizing their accomplishment along with an engraved watch courtesy of The Gary Beck Foundation.