Courtesy: Concordia Chicago sports information
WAUKESHA, Wis. --- Concordia University Chicago's Kevin Coppin has been named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Man of the Year for the 2017-18 academic year, as chosen by the league's Senior Woman Administrators Standing Committee (SWASC).
A top defensive catcher who has aided in the success of several of Concordia's pitchers, the left-handed hitting Coppin played in 124 career games with a batting average of .281, 81 runs scored, 76 RBIs and 15 more walks than strikeouts. He was one of the team's leaders during a four-year span in which he and his senior teammates posted a 141-56 record, won four NACC regular-season titles and made four regional appearances. They also led the Cougars to a pair of appearances at the final round of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships - the first appearances in program history.
"Kevin is the perfect person to represent our conference with this award," remarked Mike Stawski, CUC head baseball coach. "He was an amazing ambassador for our program and school and made it a priority to be involved and make a difference. He had a lot of success on the field, but his biggest contributions came off the field, and he will continue to contribute to the NACC community with the impact that he has made on everyone."
Academically, there are very few that can match Coppin's success. He has been a constant on the NACC Scholar-Athlete list and recently graduated CUC with summa cum laude honors. Last year, Coppin's academic prowess was recognized on a very public stage as he was awarded the Elite 90 Award at the College World Series.
"The classroom has taught me what the extra mile of commitment to excellence can do," reflected Coppin. "Through a never-quitting attention to success in grades, I have been blessed with the opportunities of open doors for the future."
Coppin's work away from the baseball diamond has been just as exemplary. He has served on campus as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). An accounting major, he has been very active in the Concordia Business Club and was recognized as a member of the Multi Achiever Circle. Coppin was also involved with the Title IX Taskforce and the One Concordia Committee.
Coppin is appreciative of the lessons that he has learned in college, whether in athletics or otherwise. "Baseball has required a lot of time and energy in the focus of brotherhood. I have discovered that committing myself to something I love has not only resulted positively for me on the field, but also with those who I hold close. I have gained lifelong friends through these countless hours of hard work." Likewise, his time spent in service to campus and community has shown him that "selfless actions are so much more affecting. The reactions of those affected make it all the more reason to continue taking time to help those in need."
Each of the NACC's 11 co-ed members may nominate one male student-athlete for the annual award. The SWASC uses a combination of the following criteria in the selection of the award: athletic excellence, academic achievement, service and leadership, and personal statement.
NACC Man of the Year Award Recipients By Year:
2017-18: Kevin Coppin, Concordia Chicago
2016-17: Eric Kittel, Concordia Wisconsin
2015-16: Logan Andryk, MSOE
2014-15: Logan Marvin, Dominican & Aaron Roeseler, Wisconsin Lutheran
2013-14: Eric Zeitler, Wisconsin Lutheran
2012-13: Doug Ingold, Aurora
2011-12: Tim Mackey, Aurora
2010-11: Austin Meier, MSOE
2009-10: Steve Salazar, Aurora & Brock Solveson, Concordia Wisconsin
2008-09: Zach Bickel, Concordia Chicago
2007-08*: Jordan Van Ess, Marian