Men's Soccer's Mark Sherrod Nominated for 2013 Senior CLASS Award

Aug 21, 2013

M. Sherrod

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Memphis senior forward Mark Sherrod was one of 30 men’s soccer student-athletes to be selected as a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.

Sherrod is the first men’s soccer student-athlete at Memphis to be selected as a candidate for the award. The Knoxville, Tenn. native is also a member of the 2013 Hermann Trophy Watch List, and was selected to The American’s All-Conference Preseason Team by the league’s coaches.

“We are delighted for Mark to be in the running for such a prestigious award,” Head coach Richie Grant said. “Mark is a great ambassador for our program and he will be humbled by the nomination.”

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School (CLASS), the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact in their communities.

Sherrod is one of two American Athletic Conference male student-athletes, the other being Mamadou Doudou Diof from Connecticut, on the list of 30 candidates. The group of 30 will be narrowed down to 10 student-athletes midway through the regular season. Those 10 student-athletes will be placed on the official ballot and these ballots will be distributed to coaches, media and fans through a nationwide voting system. This group will select one male candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the following categories: community, classroom, character and competition.

In his four-plus years as a Tiger, Sherrod has been active in giving back to the university community and the city of Memphis. Sherrod has been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group designed to provide advice and insight into the student-athlete experience at Memphis, since 2011.

Also in 2011, Sherrod volunteered at the True Blue Choices Health Fair and the True Blue Choices Homecoming Parade. True Blue Choices is an alcohol education campaign designed to educate University of Memphis students about responsible consumption of alcohol and safe choices. Sherrod also worked at Tiger Christmas, and volunteered as a bedtime story reader at Brookmeade Elementary in Memphis.

In 2012, Sherrod volunteered at the Second Baptist Soccer Clinic and at the Martin Luther King Day of Service. He has also visited St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, with his most recent visit coming earlier this year.

Sherrod is majoring in civil engineering at Memphis. He was a Conference USA All-Academic Team selection in both his sophomore (2011) and junior (2012) seasons. As a junior in 2012, Sherrod was also named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team, the NSCAA Men’s University Division Scholar All-America first team and the NSCAA Scholar All-South region first team. He made the CoSIDA Academic All-America third team as a sophomore in 2011. He was also named to the Tiger 3.0 Club in the fall of 2012 and was named to the Dean’s List in the Fall of 2012. Sherrod currently has a 3.5 GPA and will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in May of 2014.

Before arriving at Memphis, Sherrod suffered a serious knee injury and had to miss the entire 2009 season. He was able to overcome that setback to become one of the best players in Memphis history. This season, Sherrod will be the team captain, an honor that was given to him as much for his attitude off the field as for his skill on it. Head Coach Richie Grant describes Sherrod as one of the hardest-working and most team-oriented players he has ever coached. Teammates and coaches note Sherrod’s humility and focus on the team rather than his own statistics.

On the field, Sherrod became just the second player in C-USA history to be named the Offensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons (2011, 2012). Sherrod is the first Tiger to win the award twice. He was also named the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2011. That season, Sherrod was an All-C-USA First Team selection, made the NSCAA All-Midwest region first team and the NSCAA All-America third team. As one of 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy, Sherrod set a school record in goals scored with 19, and tied the single-season school record for points with 42. Of the 19 goals, seven were game-winning scores. In 2012, Sherrod repeated as C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and as an All-C-USA First Team selection. He also made the Hermann Trophy Watch List and was a Soccer NewsNet College Boot Finalist. Sherrod scored 12 goals and had 28 points as a junior, ranking third in C-USA in both categories. He had three game-winning goals and two multi-goal contests. Entering his senior season, Sherrod ranks fifth in school history in goals scored with 35 and sixth in program history in points with 80.

To view Sherrod’s candidate page, please visit the following link:

More information about the award can be found at:

The Tigers will be on the road Thursday night in their final exhibition game against Tulsa. Kickoff from Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium is set for 6 p.m. CT.



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