SDSU's Hayley Miles Named a 2015 Senior CLASS Award Candidate
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -San Diego State's Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif.) has been named a candidate for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball, which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. 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 classroom.
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.
Miles is one of 30 candidates on the initial list, which will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season. The 10 finalists will be placed on an official ballot, which will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one softball candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four areas of excellence.
Miles has been one of the most active participants in community service, not just with the softball team, but the entire SDSU athletic department. Over her career, she has done Shop with a Jock, the Color Run (benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County), walked in the MLK Parade in San Diego and participated in the Habitat for Humanity build.
In the classroom, Miles is graduating in May with a major in psychology. She was Capital One Academic All-District First-Team selection in 2012, a two-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete (2011-12) and a three-time member of the MW Spring All-Academic team (2011-12, 2014).
Miles overcame a devastating head injury in a few weight room accident before the 2013 season, which forced her to redshirt. She came back to play last year for her junior season, winning the Arthur Ashe Jr. Award, which recognizes student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and demonstrated a record of service to the campus or the community.
"Hayley is a leader in all aspects of the word," head coach Kathy Van Wyk said. "She's a hard worker, disciplined, and she demands the best of herself and those around her. She is willing to do whatever the team needs. Her teammates and our coaching staff have the utmost respect for her."
On the field, Miles has arguably put together the best career in program history. As of March 5, Miles owns five school records, including on-base percentage (.458), OPS percentage (1.087), runs (138), doubles (43) and walks (105). She is also tied for second in extra-base hits (41), third in batting average (.344), slugging percentage (.629), home runs (32) and total bases (333). Miles has been on the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List on two occasions (2013-14), and, in 2012, was a third-team NFCA All-American, second-team Easton All-American, MW Co-Player of the Year and second-team NFCA all-West Region pick, setting 11 single-season records in the process. Additionally, she's a two-time all-league pick (2011-12), the 2011 MW Freshman of the Year and a three-time MW Player of the Week.
Voting for the Senior CLASS Award will be available in the coming weeks at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/.
The Aztecs (11-7), who have already played six top-25 teams this year, will play another ranked team at next weekend's Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. SDSU is scheduled to play Pacific on Friday (2:30 p.m. PT), No. 3/2 Michigan (10 a.m. PT) and Iowa (noon PT) on Saturday, and Long Beach State (12:30 p.m. PT) and Cal State Fullerton (5 p.m. PT) on Sunday.