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Sept. 2, 2014

Senior Julian Dickenson was chosen as one of 30 men’s soccer student-athletes as a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

"I'm really humbled to be nominated for the award," said Dickenson. "It's a great feeling when people recognize the hard work that I've put into both soccer and academics here at PItt. I'm going to try my best to make my fourth and final year the best I've had at Pitt yet." 

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be an NCAA Division I senior while excelling in four areas – community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award, which is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, focuses on the total student-athlete package and encourages students to use their platform in athletes to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Dickenson, a defender on the Pitt men’s soccer squad, has played in 41 career contests, making 34 starts. He has spent more time on the pitch than any other Pitt player over the last two years, playing a team-high 1,479 minutes as a sophomore and was two minutes shy of the team-lead last year with 1,305. In his career, Dickenson has one assist, which he recorded in the home finale in 2013 against Howard. Dickenson was also honored at the beginning of the 2012 season when he was named to the Pitt/Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team.

In the classroom, Dickenson has shown exemplary marks, holding a 3.86 grade point average while pursuing a bachelor of arts in actuarial mathematics. Despite balancing a demanding major and being a Division I athlete, Dickenson has excelled academically. Twice he was honored as a BIG EAST Academic All-Star and he was on the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll for 2013-14. He was also just one of three Panthers on the All-ACC Academic Team last fall. At the conclusion of the 2014 spring term he was specially recognized as one of only 24 Pitt student-athletes who earned a 4.0 GPA for the entire school year.

Not only on the field, but off the field, Dickenson has learned to be a leader in everything that he does. Dickenson is the Vice President in the Actuarial Club and oversees recruiting efforts. After completing the Rising Leaders program with Pitt’s Life Skills department, Dickenson begins his final year at school as a Veteran Leader in the Panther Leadership Academy. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for Pitt student-athletes to build and develop their leadership skills in order to achieve success in the classroom, on the field of play and in life.

Throughout his time at Pitt, Dickenson has also found time to contribute to the community, putting his soccer skills to good use. Some of his volunteer experiences include offering instructions to local youth through P.A.W.S. (Pitt Athletes Working with Students) and with GA-SC Bulls Soccer Club Summer Cap and Futbol Para Los Ninos.

“Julian, in my opinion, is the classic example of the student-athlete ideal,” said head coach Joe Luxbacher. “First and foremost, he is an intelligent, mature and highly motivated young man of outstanding character. He has a 3.86 GPA in a demanding major, and at the same time, is a dedicated Division I athlete in the strongest soccer conference in the NCAA. In my many years at Pitt, Julian is one of the finest young men that I have had the privilege to work with on the men’s soccer team.”

Dickenson is one of five ACC student-athletes to be named candidates. The others are Duke’s Sean Davis, Syracuse’s Chris Makowski, and Luke Mishu and Patrick Wall from Notre Dame.

The candidates will be dwindled to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with those student-athletes earning a place on the official ballot, which will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. The men’s and women’s soccer winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.

Men’s Soccer Candidates



Tyler Arone


Charlie Bales

Western Illinois

Laurie Bell


Andy Bevin

West Virginia

Winston Boldt


Kingsley Bryce

Saint Louis

Wesley Charpie

South Florida

Alex Clay


Robert Conner

Saint Mary’s (Calif.)

Sean Davis


Julian Dickenson


James Fawke

Missouri State

Marquez Fernandez


Patrick Hodges


Alex Ivanov

Ohio State

Mamadou Kansaye


Sagi Lev-Ari

Cal State Northridge

Charlie Lyon


Ignacio Maganto


Chris Makowski


Alex Markes


Maid Memic


Tyler Miller


Luke Mishu

Notre Dame

Ciaran Nugent


Conor Osbourne


Tim Parker

St. John’s

James Rogers

New Mexico

Braeden Troyer

South Carolina

Patrick Wall

Notre Dame


Dickenson A Candidate For Senior CLASS Award

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