2022 April Player of the Month

May 18, 2022

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.

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