Evan Bruse of Northwestern College, Orange City, IA, Jackson Kandel of University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH, and Joey Clemente of Champlain College, Burlington, VT, have been named the college NAECAD Players of the Month for April 2022. Aaron Crabb of Edgewood High School, Madison, WI and Dominic Perez of South Forsyth High School, Cumming, GA have been named the high school NAECAD Players of the Month for April 2022 the NAECAD national office announced Monday.
Evan Bruse of Northwestern College is a senior, Business Administration major. Divo is on the Overwatch varsity team. Cole Prescott, Northwestern College Director of Esports and NAECAD member had this to say about Evan, “Evan played a key role in our team throughout the entire year, and helped his team make semifinals in NECC. Bruse is a selfless team player. He gave up his main role and switched to a less glamorous position for the good of the team with no complaint.”
Jackson Kandel of University of Mount Union is a junior Rocket League player and Finance major. Derek Spinell, University of Mount Union Director of Esports and NAECAD member had this to say about Jackson, “Jackson lead team to the Great Lakes Esports Conference Championship with clutch performances in semifinals and finals. Jackson hit the winning goal in a tournament deciding game 3 after a 9:36 overtime.”
Joey Clemente of Champlain College is a freshman Varsity Valorant player. Christian Konczal, Champlain College Esports Director and NAECAD member had this to say about Joey, “Joey is a first year Game Programming student at Champlain and has been instrumental in not only the development of his team but with transitioning it from a club to our institution's first Varsity team in over 20 years. I could write an essay on him.”
Aaron Crabb of Edgewood High School is a Rocket League and Overwatch player. Ben Mund, Head Coach and NAECAD member had this to say about Aaron, “Aaron was the captain of the Rocket League team that was in top 30 nationally with NASEF (3-0 in WIHSEA so far) and played on Varsity OW which was #1 in two States, played for our Smash team too. Aaron was an All-State recipient in 2020-21 and plans on repeating again this year.”
Dominic Perez of South Forsyth High School is a Mario Kart player. Christian Marsh Pierce, Head Coach of the South Forsyth High School esports program and NAECAD member had this to say about Dominic, “Dominic has been the President of Gaming this year and has demonstrated incredibly leadership in organizing matches and getting his team to communicate.”
This coveted award recognizes individuals for a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship. While elite performance in the game is important, this award is aimed at recognizing the overall impact the individual has made. Example characteristics include:
Each month, players are nominated by NAECAD members and selected for the award by NAECAD. One Player of the Month will be recognized each month (September – April) at the college and high school levels.
The Player of the Month recipients are eligible for nomination of the Player of the Year award. The individual receiving the Player of the Year award will be recognized in person at the NAECAD National Convention each year. The individuals receiving the Player of the Month award will be recognized at the NAECAD National Convention each year. Student athletes nominated for the Player of the Month award will be eligible for nomination of All-American status. Student athletes receiving the most votes will be recognized at both the high school and the university levels for All-American status. The individuals receiving All-American status will be recognized each year at the NAECAD National Convention.