March 21, 2018
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame baseball senior outfielder Jake Johnson was named a candidate for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday.
Johnson, who is batting .279 with a home run and seven RBI, has engaged in numerous community service opportunities. The Irish senior has volunteered at Perley Elementary, played bingo at a local nursing home, hosted the pediatric Christmas party and volunteered at the team’s annual Haunted Eck event.
Johnson is one of 30 candidates up for the award. 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.
Candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular 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.
Johnson and the Irish host Wake Forest for a three-game weekend series at Frank Eck Stadium in the team’s ACC home opener. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra and 103.1 FM (South Bend)/WatchND.
Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame baseball and women’s soccer programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.