Virginia Cavaliers' right handed pitcher Tyler Wilson is one of the ten nominees for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, an annual award celebrating an athlete's success over four years, both through competition, in the classroom, and among the community. CLASS stands for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School."
The winner is determined by a selection process which includes coaches, media and fans. That's right. Fans. In fact, the fan vote counts for 1/3 of the total, with the remaining 2/3 coming from coaches and national media. You can vote for Tyler Wilson online -- vote early and often! You can vote once per day.
Here is the full profile of the biology major who also sports a 2.63 ERA:
Wilson, a biology major, has twice been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference academic honor roll. He’s also a six-time member of the school’s honor roll and has been a Dean’s List honoree. Wilson is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as the Phi Eta Sigma honor fraternity. After his playing career, Wilson plans to enter medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon.
Wilson is a team leader both on and off the field and also has stepped up as a leader within the University of Virginia athletics community. He is a member of the Student-Athlete Mentors and Athletes Committed to Education program. He is a model citizen and is very involved in the church and local communities.
Wilson is extremely involved and passionate about community-service work. He has been a leader with Athletes in Action for three years, running bible studies and weekly meetings and serving in outreach programs in the community on weekends. Wilson has worked with Angel Tree for two years, sponsoring a family and delivering gifts during the holidays. He is involved with PACHEM, a college and higher education ministry, and has served as a volunteer youth coach for six years. Wilson has also spent time as a volunteer with the Special Olympics as well as Abundant Life, which helps underprivileged children in the Charlottesville area.
Wilson has been a go-to member of the Virginia bullpen the past two seasons while helping Virginia to school-record victories totals in 2009 (49) and 2010 (51). He has pitched in 72 career games (sixth in school history) and owns 17 career victories, which is just shy of the school’s all-time top 10. Last season, he tossed 63.1 innings, the most of any ACC relief pitcher. In ACC games in 2010, batters hit a league-low .183 against against him and for his career batters have hit just .219 against him. Wilson was drafted in the 35th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, but chose to return to school for his senior season to earn his degree.