Albany's Josh Nethaway (left) and Stony Brook's Kevin Courtney (right) were both named finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
Albany's Josh Nethaway (left) and Stony Brook's Kevin Courtney (right) were both named finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Nethaway, Courtney Named Senior CLASS Award Candidates

Release: 03/20/2014

America East baseball student-athletes Josh Nethaway from Albany and Kevin Courtney from Stony Brook were selected as two of 30 candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate baseball for excelling both on and off the diamond. 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.

Courtney, a senior from Lindenhurst, N.Y.,  is a four-year starter for the Seawolves and has been integral towards the team's success. In 2011, he was an America East All-Rookie team selection after hitting .306 for a team that won 42 games. In 2012, he helped Stony Brook advance to the College World Series after hitting .293 with 38 RBI and earning NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament honors. In 2013, he led America East during conference play by hitting .348 with six homers and 28 RBI on his way to All-America East first team honors.

Off the field, Courtney has been involved in numerous community service activities, including taking an active role in Stony Brook's Hurricane Sandy relief in 2012, spending time with veterans at the Long Island Veterans Home, spending the day playing baseball with disabled children at The Miracle League and surprising young cancer patients with presents during the holiday season at the Stony Brook Cancer Center.

Kevin Courtney's Full Bio

Nethaway,  a dual major in Accounting and Rhetoric & Communication as well as a Business minor, he boasts a 3.20 cumulative GPA. Nethaway was named to the America East All-Academic Team in 2012 and has been consistently been named to UAlbany’s Athletics Honor Roll. In the community, he is actively involved in UAlbany's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has led a number of community service projects.

Nethaway is a .306 career hitter in 157 career games so far. In 2013, he was named a first-team All-America East outfielder, earned America East Player of the Week accolades twice, and was named the team's MVP.  Starting all 49 games, Nethaway batted a team-best .310 with 57 hits, 26 runs, and 35 RBI. He also led the squad with a .451 slugging percentage, 17 doubles and three home runs.

Josh Nethaway's Full Bio

The 30 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 College World Series® in June.