July 2, 2018

2017-18 North Atlantic Conference Man of the Year Nominees Released

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is pleased to announce the nominees for its annual Man of the Year award. Six male student-athletes are up for the prestigious award which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III student-athlete experience. 

Both the NAC Man 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 NAC Woman of the Year nominees will be released later today. Both the Man and Woman of the Year award winners will be announced in late July, and will be honored on their campuses during the 2018-19 academic year.

NAC Man of the Year Nominees:

Ryan Mulder (Ottawa, Ontario) - Castleton, Men’s Ice Hockey and Men’s Tennis

Mulder, a three-time NAC All-Academic and New England Hockey Conference All-Academic honoree, had an impressive career at Castleton. The Business Administration major was a member of three Spartan teams that received Castleton President’s Cup for Academic Excellence for compiling the highest team GPA in their season of competition. He served as the club President for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteered his time with Right to Play, Rutland Amateur Hockey Association, Rutland High School and the Learn to Skate Program. Mulder has earned several honors including the 2018 Castleton Athletics Male Coaches Award and the 2018 Castleton Athletics Rocky Mezzetta Award along with being named a nominee for 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award. On the tennis court, he was named to the 2015 NAC East Men’s Tennis All-Tournament Team and to the NAC East All-Conference Second Team in 2015 and 2017. He tallied a career record of 22-10 (.688) in singles and 24-7 (.774) in doubles. Serving as a co-captain his senior season of ice hockey, he is the all-time Castleton leader in saves (2,005), save percentage (.909), games played (79), and games started (75), while also being second in program history in wins (31). He was named to the 2015 ECAC East Ice Hockey All-Rookie Team and is a five-time ECAC East/NEHC Goaltender of the Week.



Curtis J. Warren (Morrill, Maine) - Colby-Sawyer, Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Warren was a two-sport athlete and a two-year captain at Colby-Sawyer, competing on both the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. He received the Chargers Coach's Award, earned NAC Champion honors and saw his team claim back-to-back NAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship Titles. He qualified for the New England Championships seven times, was named to the NAC All-Conference Team and is the school record holder in the pole vault for both indoor and outdoor. The Exercise Science major was a three-year member of the Colby-Sawyer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee working on the Athlete Wellness Committee and the Community Service Committee. He was a part of the Exercise and Sport Sciences Majors Club serving as an Exercise Science representative (2014-16), as the Vice President (2016-17) and as the President (2017-18). He also was a two-year member of the Student Government Association (class of 2018 Senator), the Emerging Leaders Program (2015 Marketing Committee Chair), and with the Orientation Leader Program. He has volunteered time at the Boston Marathon and at Kearsarge Regional High School along with working at the New London Outing Club, with the New Hampshire Special Olympics, and with Colby-Sawyer Admissions on Accepted Students Days and at Open Houses. Warren has been accepted into the University of New England and will begin pursuing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in the fall of 2018. Academically, he was named to the Dean’s List all eight semesters, is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, earned a Fellowship Award, was named to the NAC All-Academic Team, was voted the 2018 NAC Outdoor Track & Field Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and earned the Ramona Wells Mercer Award (2017), the Colby Sawyer Award (2018), and the Colby-Sawyer Senior Scholar-Athlete Award (2018).



Gavin Brickley (Holderness, N.H.) - UMaine-Farmington, Men’s Golf

Brikley competed on the Beavers men’s golf squad throughout his undergraduate career, serving as captain for three seasons. He tallied 17 top-10 finishes and eight top-five finishes including his best finish of second this past season at the Thomas Invitational. Impressively, he double majored in Business Psychology and Political Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and will be pursuing his graduate degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law starting in the fall of 2018. He earned the Academic Achievement Scholarship and the Chompers Choice Scholarship and was named to the UMF High Honors Dean’s List six times. Brickley was also admitted into Pi Sigma Alpha and honored on the NAC Fall All-Academic for three seasons. On campus, he was involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the UMF Student Senate, while also completing a Legal Internship at Franklin County’s District Attorney’s Office and at Deachman and Cowie, P.A and served as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and Tutor for Economics and Statistics. He volunteered his time at the Care and Share Food Pantry and at the clean-up day at Waterville Country Club.



Liam Kelleher (Manchester Center, Vt.) - Lyndon, Men’s Soccer

Kelleher, an Atmospheric Sciences 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. He started 61 of 63 games in his Lyndon career, scoring six goals and adding five assists. 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.



Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine) - Maine Maritime, Men’s Basketball

Newcomb was a four-year student-athlete at Maine Maritime, serving as a two-year captain on the men’s basketball team. He scored over one thousand points and is the all-time leader for the Mariners in minutes played, games played, free-throw percentage, and three pointers made. He graduated with a degree in International Business & Logistics and was named on the Dean’s List all four years. Newcomb was the 2018 Mariners Male Leader of the Year and claimed runner-up honors for the 2015-17 Phyllis Tenney Community Service and Leadership Award, while earning the award in 2018, and was named to the NAC All-Academic Team twice. He was named to the 2017 NABC Honors Court and earned the 2016-2017 Team Jared Sternergh Anchor Award. On campus, he was a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as a class leader for the Student Mariner Society. He volunteered his time as a coach for Dribble Kids and with Special Needs Basketball, helped with the Annual Special Olympics Bocce Tournament and served as a coach at the Maine Maritime Summer Camp.



Ibrahim Moustapher (Hebron, Maine) - Thomas, Men’s Soccer

Moustapher made the most out of his four years at Thomas on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He lettered in men’s soccer throughout his time with the Terriers and he and his teammates claimed the 2015 NAC Title and 2014 and 2016 Runner-Up honors. He majored in Political Science, studied Pre-Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He was named to the Dean’s List and as a Thomas College Terrier Award Finalist. Moustapher organized and coordinated the International Club, he was a part of the Law and Policy Club and has been working with the Go! Malawi organization for eight years. He has volunteered his time with Habitat for Humanity, at the Ragged Mountain Scuttle, and with the One Community Many Voices 5k Race Series. He has also served as a teacher for UMAINE Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, worked with the Roberts Farm Preserve, and was a Senior Living Home Group Leader (earned volunteer of the day), while also being a Food Drive Coordinator and Voting Day Volunteer.