Ellis is a team-captain and leader behind the plate (Elan Kawesch).
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Excelling in all facets of the student-athlete experience, senior catcher Josh Ellis has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, as announced by the organization on Monday.
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. 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.
Ellis has been a productive hitter at the plate and an excellent manager from the catcher position, while also succeeding in the classroom. He works extensively with the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation, which funds and operates a medical clinic in the Port Au Prince suburb of Saint Rock.
A team captain and honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last year, Ellis holds a .267 average on the season, scoring five runs with four RBI. He holds a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, and has been one of the nation's toughest hitters to strike out.
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 C's of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2017 College World Series in June.