Waterville, ME - Two Lyndon State College senior student-athletes, Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) and Liam Kelleher (Manchester, VT), have been named as nominees for the North Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year and Man of the Year respectively. Eight female and six male student-athletes are up for the prestigious awards which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete experience.
Hodge majored in Sport Leadership, while minoring in both Business and Coaching. She was a two-year member of the Lyndon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The four-year women's basketball standout was voted the 2015 NAC Rookie of the Year and the 2018 NAC Player of the Year, while also claiming Lyndon Women's Basketball MVP all four-seasons. She was tabbed to the NAC Women's Basketball All-Conference First Team in 2017 and 2018 and to the All-NAC Second Team in Women's Lacrosse in 2017. During her senior campaign she was tabbed to the D3hoops All-Northeast Region Team and tallied over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career.
For the complete list of NAC Woman of the Year nominees, click HERE.
Kelleher, an Atmospheric Science major, was named to the President's List, the Dean's List and as a NAC All-Academic Team honoree. He served as co-captain his junior and senior seasons for the Hornet's men's soccer team. A two-time NAC Sportsmanship Team honoree, he earned the Lyndon Team MVP honor his senior year and the Frank Spears Coaches Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Kelleher was involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, served as a Lyndon Youth Soccer League assistant coach, and worked with the Saint Johnsbury Elementary School After-School Program.
For the complete list of NAC Man of the Year nominees, click HERE.
Both the NAC Man of the Year and Woman of the Year awards are 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 award winners will be announced in late July, and will be honored on their campuses during the 2018-19 academic year.