Sept. 22, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nate Kohl was named a candidate for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Friday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The Ohio State men’s soccer program has won the award twice in the past three years after Alex Ivanov and Zach Mason were both selected as the nation’s top senior student-athlete in men’s soccer in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The Buckeyes have had five senior CLASS Award candidates in the last three seasons.
“It’s an honor to be on the list for the Senior CLASS Award,” Kohl said. “It’s hard to live up to the excellence Alex Ivanov and Zach Mason set forth for this prestigious award. I can’t thank my teammates, coaches and the university enough for giving me an unbelievable amount of support over my time here at Ohio State. I cannot wait to see what the final half of this season brings for my team and I this fall.”
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete in 10 NCAA sports and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The award for men’s soccer is chosen by a vote of Division I men’s soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans and is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I men’s soccer. Two years ago, the Buckeye men’s soccer program made history, marking the first time since the 2001 inception of the award that student-athletes from the same university have earned back-to-back awards in the same sport. In 2016, Tyler Kidwell and Danny Jensen were both named candidates for the Scarlet and Gray.
Kohl, from Hilliard, Ohio is a two-year starting forward for the Buckeyes after transferring from Michigan following the 2014 campaign. He was named to the 2017 Big Ten Preseason Honors list and has scored one goal on 13 shots, including seven on target this fall. Last year, Kohl was named a second team All-Big Ten selection, leading the team in scoring with 14 points (6g, 2a). He scored his first career game-winning goal with 23 seconds remaining in double overtime against his former team in the fall of 2016. Kohl has made 23 career appearances with 22 starts, totaling 16 points the last two seasons.
In the classroom, the physical education teacher major, Kohl has been named an Academic All-Big Ten selection (2016), a first-team Academic All-Ohio honoree (2016) and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete (2015-16).
From his coaches, “Kohl has been a leader since the day he got to campus. His ability to connect with his teammates and lead by example has been outstanding. Kohl understands the competitive side of sports and the life lessons that are learned from them off the field. He is humble, honest and a great human being who has been a role model for the younger players.”
That’s not all. Kohl has made an impact on the community as well. He took part in the department’s Soles4Souls trip to Ecuador last May. Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty, allowing volunteers to gain insight of the basic needs of impoverished third world communities. He was one of 12 student-athletes from The Ohio State University who asked to join the trip. He also volunteered at Columbus Collision Wheelchair Rugby Tournament as well as four-foot hoops wheelchair basketball. He got involved with the 2nd & 7 foundation, which is a program that promotes reading for children and providing free books and a positive role models to kids in need. His other involvements with the community include Kick It for Cancer and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Each of the 60 female and male candidates has displayed a strong work ethic in the classroom and on the pitch with 30 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher and 12 being returning All-Americans. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates also have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.
Each of the two 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 exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.