Courtesy Columbia Media Relations/Sports Information
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Columbia seniorwas selected as one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. 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.
One of four senior captains for the Lions in the upcoming 2011 campaign, Bracey has made 23 starts on the mound during his Columbia career. Last season, Bracey was one of the top hurlers in the Ivy League, winning four games, tossing three complete games, including a complete-game shutout during the Ivy slate.
Bracey also finished second in the Ivy League in strikeouts during the 2010 season, finishing with a stellar 4.8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
A two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Week in 2010, Bracey gained a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team. He is an economics major in Columbia College who maintains a 3.56 grade point average. After graduation, he will be working at Deloitte & Touche LLP as an Enterprise Risk Services Consultant in their Business Risk group.
“Off the field Dan is very detail oriented and stays on top of his work and is always looking to improve,” head coachsaid. “That determination carries over to the baseball diamond as well. He has consistently improved each year he has been at Columbia. He is a captain this year which says a lot about how his peers feel about him. He gives us a great effort every time out and wants to be the best.”
With his baseball teammates, Bracey has also played a role as a mentor to students within the Level the Field program, a non-profit organization began by Erica Woda '04CC, a former Columbia women’s soccer player, that uses sports as a vehicle to cultivate social skills and develop a work ethic in students. Bracey has participated in a number of clinics with local middle school students, teaching them the finer points of pitching while also answering questions and giving tips about how to succeed as a student and an athlete.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's 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.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner June 24 at the NCAA College World Series® in Omaha.