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Jack Smith Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Mar 24, 2022

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (March 24, 2022) – Washington State senior Jack Smith was one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes named candidates for the 2022 Senior CLASS Award, announced earlier this week.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior or graduate student and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

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. 

Smith is in his fifth season at WSU and is a three-time Pac-12 Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, earned his bachelor's degree in finance last spring and currently working on his master's in business administration. The Mercer Island, Wash. native was selected to the team's leadership council the past two years, has served on WSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and helped the Cougar Baseball program work with the Whitman County Special Olympics and WSU ROAR program.

On the field, Smith has appeared in 140 games and recorded 28 doubles and scored 73 runs. In 2020, Smith set career-highs with a .311 batting average, 13 doubles, 28 RBI, 35 runs scored and was among the national leaders with nine sacrifice bunts.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character, and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2022 College World Series® in June.

For more information on all of the candidates, visit