WATERVILLE, Maine -- The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is pleased to announce that Colby-Sawyer’s Curtis Warren (Morrill, Maine) has been selected as the winner of its annual Man of the Year award in a vote of the league's Athletics Directors and Senior Woman Administrators. Warren becomes the first Colby-Sawyer student-athlete to be named NAC Man of the Year and will be presented his award at a to-be-determined date during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Warren was one of six male student-athletes nominated for the prestigious award which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III student-athlete experience. To view the complete list of NAC Man of the Year nominees for 2017-18, please click HERE.
"We're proud to honor a student-athlete as well-rounded as Curtis," said NAC Commissioner Marcella Zalot. "To achieve such a high level of success in athletic competition, while balancing both his commitment in the classroom and to the Colby-Sawyer community is very impressive. This is the highest honor that the NAC bestows on a student-athlete like Curtis for truly exemplifying the Division III philosophy throughout their career."
The two-sport athlete and two-year captain at Colby-Sawyer competed on both the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. He received the Chargers Coach's Award, earned NAC Champion honors and saw his team claim back-to-back NAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship Titles. He qualified for the New England Championships seven times, was named to the NAC All-Conference Team and is the school record holder in the pole vault for both indoor and outdoor.
“Curtis dedicated each and every day to not only achieve his own goals, but also to help others along the way,” said track and field head coach Lyndsay Ostler. “He brought a high level of excellence, integrity and leadership to our team, Colby-Sawyer and the wider community. We are grateful for the lasting impact he has made on our team and we look forward to seeing all that he will accomplish moving forward.”
The Exercise Science major was a three-year member of the Colby-Sawyer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) working on the Athlete Wellness Committee and the Community Service Committee. He was a part of the Exercise and Sport Sciences Majors Club serving as an Exercise Science representative (2014-16), as the Vice President (2016-17) and as the President (2017-18). He was also a two-year member of the Student Government Association (class of 2018 Senator), the Emerging Leaders Program (2015 Marketing Committee Chair), and with the Orientation Leader Program. He has volunteered time at the Boston Marathon and at Kearsarge Regional High School along with working at the New London Outing Club, with the New Hampshire Special Olympics, and with Colby-Sawyer Admissions on Accepted Students Days and at Open Houses.
"Curtis has been an outstanding member of the Colby-Sawyer track and field team and a great role model to other through his involvement around campus and the community," said Athletics Director George Martin. "He takes pride in everything he does, which has inspired other student-athletes to put forth a maximum effort.”
Warren has been accepted into the University of New England and will begin pursuing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in the fall of 2018. Academically, he was named to the Dean’s List all eight semesters, is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, earned a Fellowship Award, was tabbed to the NAC All-Academic Team, was voted the 2018 NAC Outdoor Track & Field Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and earned the Ramona Wells Mercer Award (2017), the Colby Sawyer Award (2018), and the Colby-Sawyer Senior Scholar-Athlete Award (2018).
"Curtis is a hard-working, dedicated student-athlete who has had a great career in track and field and in the classroom,” said Athletics Director Bill Foti. "He epitomizes the term student-athlete and we know he will go on to achieve great things. Congratulations to Curtis for this well-deserved honor of NAC Man of the Year.”
The NAC Man of the Year award is modeled after the NCAA's Woman of the Year program, which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership.
**The 2017-18 NAC Woman of the Year will be announced on Thursday, July 26.