Sheehan Selected as Senior CLASS Award Candidate
UCLA senior Delanie Sheehan has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award® for women's soccer. The award honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.
Sheehan, a midfielder from Brentwood, Calif., has played in 79 games for UCLA and started 63 while recording 13 goals and 16 assists. She earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2018 and Pac-12 All-Freshman honors in 2017 and was also selected to Top Drawer Soccer's Freshman Best XI first team. After being converted from a midfielder to a defender in 2018 and 2019, Sheehan earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors twice and contributed to 25 shutouts. She has moved back to midfield as the 10 in 2020-21 and contributed two goals and three assists in nine games. Sheehan has played with the U.S. U-20, U-19 and U-18 National Teams and was an alternate for the U.S. at the 2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Bruins' vice-captain this season, Sheehan has been called by head coach Amanda Cromwell one of the hardest-working players she's ever coached and a "quiet leader who leads by example and a player I have never had to worry about. She is pure of heart and genuine in everything she does, and her character is rock solid."
Sheehan has over 100 hours of volunteer work with local soccer club LA Breakers and has volunteered at UCLA's Dribble for the Cure, benefiting pediatric cancer. She has also participated in the Soccer United Against Hunger food drive in 2020 and elementary school visits in support of Reading Across America.
In the classroom, Sheehan has compiled a 3.0+ cumulative GPA, including a 3.7 GPA for the 2019-20 academic year. She earned UCLA's Rose Gilbert Courage and Character Award in 2019-20, which is awarded to student-athletes who were confronted with significant obstacles outside the classroom, met their challenge with courage, strength and resiliency and were able to successfully overcome the challenge while still excelling academically.
The candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists in April, and those 10 will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character, and competition. The winner will be announced during the 2021 NCAA College Cup in May.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
For a full list of candidates, visit www.seniorCLASSaward.com.