Alers Selected As Candidate For Senior CLASS Award

Nick Alers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nick Alers. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

One of 30 Men's Soccer Players Nationwide

Nick Alers, a Capital One Academic All-American as a junior who has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of his first three seasons at Yale, has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in men's collegiate soccer.

Alers has excelled both on and off the field during his tenure with the Bulldogs. He has started 42 games in his career and been an anchor of Yale's defense. Last fall as a junior, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition despite being limited to 10 games because of injury. Alers enjoyed a memorable sophomore campaign, earning NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team and first team All-Ivy honors. As a freshman, he was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection.

In addition, Alers has been active in the New Haven community. He served as a tutor at Saint Martin de Porres Academy in the summer of 2012, mentoring and tutoring fifth grade students during an afterschool program for underprivileged youth. He also has taken an active role in the men's soccer team's outreach program, which directs soccer training sessions for underprivileged area children.

In the classroom, Alers earned Academic All-Ivy recognition last fall. He also co-authored "Putin and USAID: The Makings of a Grip Too Tight on Power," which appeared in the Yale Review of International Studies in the fall of 2012. Alers has a 3.98 grade point average as an economics major at Yale.

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. 

The 30 candidate class will be narrowed 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, who will select one male candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men's College Cup® championship in December.

To see Alers' profile at, click here.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity