(courtesy Doug DeBiase, CACC Associate Commissioner)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Felician University baseball standout Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) on Monday was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for May 2018, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. Strickland earned the honor for demonstrating success on the diamond, in the classroom and in the surrounding community. He is the ninth and final monthly honoree for the 2017-18 athletic season.
Strickland had a solid month at the dish for the Golden Falcons, as he batted .333 with two doubles, seven runs scored, five runs batted in and only striking out once. He helped guide Felician to the CACC South Division Championship and a spot in the conference championship final.
Strickland's month of May capped a tremendous 2018 campaign for the senior, as he was named to the All-CACC First Team at third base, while also being a consensus First-Team All-East Region selection at the position. Strickland also took his place among Division II's best, as he was named an Honorable-Mention All-American by the NCBWA. He was also chosen as the Felician Co-Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
For his career, Strickland leaves Felician as the baseball program's all-time leader in games (203), hits (264) and runs scored (175).
In the classroom, Strickland has a 3.38 cumulative grade point average in his major of criminal justice. He was also an inductee into the Chi Alpha Sigma College Athlete Honor Society.
Strickland has also given back to his surrounding community by taking part in community outreach initiatives with his collegiate summer team for two seasons (Covington Lumberjacks of the Valley League). In his role, Strickland met and instructed youth baseball players in the Covington (Va.) area to improve their skills, while also serving as a mentor for area youth.
The CACC Student-Athlete of the Month award is handed out each month from September through May, which spans the academic/athletic calendar. The award recognizes a student-athlete who is not only successful in their respective sport, but is a leader in the classroom with academic success, and gives back to their local communities through acts of kindness.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.