Nominees Announced for the 2018-19 North Atlantic Conference Man of the Year

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) proudly announces the nominees for the 2019 Man of the Year award. Six male student athletes were nominated for the prestigious award which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III student athlete experience. 

Both the NAC Man of the Year and NAC 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, athletic excellence, service, and leadership.

The NAC Man and Woman of the Year award winners will be announced July 17 and 18, respectively, and will be honored on their campuses during the 2019-20 academic year.


NAC Man of the Year Nominees:


Jon Dutka (Durham, New Hampshire) - Thomas College, Men's Soccer

Thomas College men's soccer goalkeeper Jon Dutka helped his team win NAC Championships as a freshman and as a senior, earning All-Conference honors in 2018 as well. A Management major, Dutka was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (Phi Beta Lambda) and the vice president for the Alphi Chi honor society. A regular name on both the Dean's List and President's List, he earned NAC All-Academic Team honors twice. Dutka represented his team on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and received the 2019 Thomas College Male Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year award.


John Folsom (Califon, New Jersey) - Northern Vermont-Johnson, Men's Soccer and Men's Tennis

NVU-Johnson multi-sport athlete John Folsom recently earned a bachelor's degree in Anthropology & Sociology, with a specialization in Criminal Justice. Folsom played tennis and soccer for the Badgers, earning Player of the Week honors for tennis and Second Team All-Conference honors for men's soccer. He was selected to the NAC Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Team in 2016. Folsom received the Richard E. Andersen Award from Northern Vermont University-Johnson, awarded to the student athlete with the highest level of sportsmanship, and who makes significant contributions to their program as a leader. Impressively, Folsom also served his hometown of Califon, New Jersey as a volunteer firefighter.


Michael Pingree (Cornish, Maine) - UMaine-Farmington, Men's Soccer

Michael Pingree, who recently earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics, was selected as the 2019 UMF Male Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and made the Dean's List all four years at UMF. A member of the men's soccer leadership council, Pingree served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered with their One Love Foundation campaign to promote healthy relationships. He assisted with the Beaver Social Food Drive for two years, participated with the Step UP! program that provided bystander intervention training, and helped his team with a woods clean-up project in 2016. Pingree was twice named to the NAC Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Team (2017, 2018), an honor reserved for student athletes who regularly display etiquette and integrity on and off the field.

Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) - Maine Maritime Academy, Men's Basketball

Adam Richardson graduated Cum Laude from Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in Power Engineering Technology in May. He earned Dean's List honors six times, and was selected as the 2019 NAC Men's Basketball Senior Scholar Athlete. A captain for the Mariners, Richardson has earned numerous basketball awards from the NAC, MMBCWA, NABC, ECAC, and over four years, culminating in All-Region recognition (2019) and the 2019 NAC Player of the Year honors. Richardson also gave his time to charity throughout his career, including the Special Olympics, YMCA, Bangor Food Shelter, and Camp Capella Touch-a-Truck.


Ryan Sanderson (Cow Bay, Nova Scotia) - UMaine-Presque Isle, Men's Soccer

Ryan Sanderson earned a degree in Physical Education and was named to the UMPI Dean's List several times throughout his career. He also earned a spot on the 2019 NAC All-Academic Team. A shortstop and captain for the baseball team, Sanderson represented his squad on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and also volunteered as a coach at a number of baseball camps and clinics for the Owls. He received UMPI's Senior Athlete of the Year Award for excellence in competition, Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year Award for the highest GPA among graduating seniors, and The Hootie Award in 2019.  The Hootie Award recipient is selected by the student athletes and is given to a senior who embodies sportsmanship, school spirit, a drive for excellence, and best models what it means to be an UMPI Owl. Sanderson was also recognized by his home country of Canada, as he was named honorable mention shortstop on the 2018 Canadian Baseball Network All-Canadian Team.

Josh Yelvington (Carthage, New York) - SUNY Canton, Men's Lacrosse

Josh Yelvington became the first SUNY Canton student athlete to earn All-America honors when he was named to the Division III USILA/Warrior All-America Team this spring. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Finance and an associate's degree in Accounting, and is a commissioned Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force after completing the ROTC program. He served SUNY Canton as the Treasurer for the Student Government Association, and also volunteered at Special Olympics events on campus. He was selected NAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2019. He set single-season and career records for the Roos in both goals and points despite just three years in a SUNY Canton uniform. Yelvington was a three-time NAC Player of the Week and named to the NAC All-Tournament Team.


Allison Granata served as a captain on both the women's cross country team and the women's lacrosse team. She was and all-conference selection in both sports and saw her team claim NAC Runner-Up honors in lacrosse this past season, while earning herself Player of the Year as a senior and Rookie of the Year in 2014. She studied Kinesiology and Business Administration and was recently named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District At-Large Teams. She was tabbed the 2017 NAC Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and as the NEC Female Senior Scholar Athlete Award Winner and was named to the NAC All-Academic Fall and Spring Teams. She served on the NEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as an athletic department intern, and as a massage and fitness intern. She has worked on several community service events including the Special Olympics floor hockey tournament, "Out of the Darkness Walk," Yards for Yeardley, It's On Us Campaign, and on the Haunted Trail to support breast cancer research.