FARMINGTON, Maine - The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is pleased to announce that Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine) of the University of Maine at Farmington 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. A captain of the UMF track and field and baseball teams, Cabaniss will be presented his award at a to-be-determined date during the 2017-2018 academic year.
"Sean characterizes what it means to be a Division III student-athlete, serving as a leader both on and off of the playing field," said NAC Commissioner Marcella Zalot. "Notably, he was a dual-sport athlete, while earning a dual degree in Secondary Education Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, with a minor in Coaching. Sean is an outstanding choice for the NAC Man of the Year Award as he has been a champion for his students, for his community, and for his teammates."
Cabaniss, the first NAC Man of the Year recipient for UMaine-Farmington, was a standout athlete on both the track & field and baseball teams. On the track, he qualified for the New England Regional in both the triple jump and the long jump, while setting meet records at the NAC Championship with a long jump of 6.50m and a triple jump of 12.93m. He also earned all-conference recognition with his 4x100 relay team, and received All-New England accolades after scoring marks in both the long jump and the triple jump.
"His strong leadership both on the field and off has clearly earned him this honor, we are all proud of him here at UMF," said UMF track & field head coach Dan Campbell.
On the baseball field, he was an All-NAC Second Team selection as an outfielder in 2014 and 2015, while earning first-team honors in 2016. He is ranked second on UMF's all-time hits list, while also being ranked first and tied for second on UMF's single season hits.
"As a freshman, Sean saw limited playing time but always brought his best to the field with his eagerness to learn and help the team in any way he could. His energy and positive approach to practices and games was unmatched. Over the next three years, Sean became an All-Conference player and a team leader in changing the culture of our program to a Championship level," said baseball head coach Chris Bessey.
A May 2017 graduate, Cabaniss studied Secondary Education Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, while minoring in Coaching. He currently serves as a math teacher and is a part of the discipline committee for the TRIO Upward Bound Program. At UMF, he was named to the Dean's List for nine semesters, earned NAC All-Academic recognition each spring and was tabbed a two-time Wilson Undergrad Research Scholar. He was most recently voted as the 2017 NAC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year in track and field.
"It has been a pleasure to work with Sean as a student in the Coaching minor, as a student-athlete and as a campus leader," said UMF Director of Athletics Julie Davis. "He worked very hard to achieve personal potential and to create opportunities for others during his tenure here and his efforts have made a tremendous impact. We wish him all the best with his graduate studies and future endeavors."
Cabaniss was a driving fouce in the development of the UMF track & field program and seved as the president and co-founder of the club in 2013. He served as a student representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was honored with both the UMF Beaver Pride Award and the Senior Athlete Award in 2016. Cabaniss worked as a residence hall secretary and as a referee for recreation soccer, while also volunteering as a little league assistant coach.
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.
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