CASTINE, Maine -- The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is pleased to announce that Christopher Gilman (Old Town, Maine) of Maine Maritime Academy has been selected as the winner of its annual Man of the Year award in a vote of the league's Athletics Directors and Senior Woman Administrators. A two-year captain of the Mariner soccer team, Gilman will be presented the award at a to-be-determined date during the 2016-17 academic year.
"Christopher truly represents the Division III Student-Athlete," said NAC Commissioner Marcella Zalot. "He has distinguished himself throughout his work on the soccer pitch and in his field of study, as he embodies what it means to be a scholar, a leader, and a teammate. He is an admirable choice for the NAC Man of the Year Award."
Gilman, the second-consecutive NAC Man of the Year recipient for Maine Maritime, was a three-time NAC All-Academic honoree and a 2015 NAC Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Team selection. He posted 11 points in his career and impressively never tallied a red card or a yellow card throughout 55 games in a Mariner uniform.
"I've only known Chris Gilman for a short time, but since meeting him I've been unbelievably impressed with his athletic, academic and civic contributions to Maine Maritime Academy," said Maine Maritime Head Men's Soccer Coach Billy Shannon. "The impact he made and continues to make as a Mariner student-athlete has left a lasting impression on all the members of the MMA community. I am certain this will be one of many great accomplishments! I know I speak for all of Maine Maritime Academy when I say, we are extremely proud of Chris and congratulate him on this prestigious award!"
Maine Maritime Academy Head Women's Soccer Coach, Seth Brown, noted that, "We could not be more proud of Chris Gilman for receiving this honor. He exemplifies everything one would look for in a student-athlete; academic curiosity, athletic commitment and true character. Chris accepted every obstacle and challenge while at Maine Maritime with enthusiasm, motivation and a winning attitude. Chris is a great alumni of both Maine Maritime Academy and the North Atlantic Conference."
A May 7th graduate, Gilman studied Marine Systems Engineering, while minoring in Mathematics, Naval Architecture, and Technical Science. He earned his USCG Third Assistant Engineer Unlimited License for Steam and Motor Vessels. He has received several honors and scholarships at Maine Maritime including the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Scholarship, the Presidential Achievement Award & Scholarship, the Distinguished Scholar Award & Scholarship, a Student Life Award, the Cadet Shipping #1 Engine Sea Project Award and the Rear Admiral Warren C. Hamm Jr. Leadership Award.
"Chris is very deserving of this distinguished honor," said Maine Maritime Director of Athletics Steve Peed. "He is a thoughtful leader with maturity and wisdom beyond his years and he excels in everything that he does, yet he remains humble in his pursuit of excellence. Chris embodies all that is great about Division III, and I cannot imagine a better representative of the values of Maine Maritime Academy and North Atlantic Conference athletics."
Gilman served as the president and secretary of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), and as a member of the American Society of Naval Architects (ASNE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Manufacturer's Association of Maine (MAMe), and the Marine Technology Society (MTS).
Gilman also served on the MMA Board of Trustees, as the Regimental Band Executive, Officer First Class MMA Regiment of Midshipmen, as the student trustee of the MMA Student Government Association, and as a Board Member of the MMA Community Conduct Panel.
The NAC Man of the Year award is modeled after the NCAA's Woman of the Year program, which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
To view the complete list of NAC Man of the Year nominees for 2016, please click HERE.