Liam Paddock Nominated for 2012 Senior Class Award

OVERLAND PARK, KS – UMBC senior fullback Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology) was amongst the sixty NCAA® men's and women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and was selected as a candidate today for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer.

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. 

Paddock, a four-year starter and team captain, recently earned 2012 ECAC Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. For his complete biography, visit http://www.seniorclassaward.com/athletes/liam_paddock/.

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 2012 candidate class includes 14 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans from last season. More than half of the 60 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Seven of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2011 Capital One Academic All-Americans. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships. The Women's College Cup will take place November 30 and December 2 in San Diego, while the Men's College Cup will take place December 7 and 9 in Hoover, Ala.

Each of the 30 candidate classes 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 male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 

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