Colby-Sawyer College’s Curtis Warren of Morrill has been named the 2017-18 North Atlantic Conference man of the year, after a vote of the league's athletics directors and senior woman administrators.

Warren, a Belfast Area High School graduate, was one of six male student-athletes nominated for the prestigious award, which encompasses all facets of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III student-athlete experience.

The NAC man-of-the-year award is modeled after the NCAA's woman-of-the-year program, which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

Warren, a member of the indoor and outdoor track-and-field teams, became the first Colby-Sawyer student-athlete to be named NAC man of the year.

"We're proud to honor a student-athlete as well-rounded as Curtis," said NAC Commissioner Marcella Zalot. "To achieve such a high level of success in athletic competition, while balancing both his commitment in the classroom and to the Colby-Sawyer community, is very impressive. This is the highest honor that the NAC bestows on a student-athlete like Curtis for truly exemplifying the Division III philosophy throughout their career."

“Curtis dedicated each and every day to not only achieve his own goals, but also to help others along the way,” said track-and-field head coach Lyndsay Ostler. “He brought a high level of excellence, integrity and leadership to our team, Colby-Sawyer and the wider community. We are grateful for the lasting impact he has made on our team and we look forward to seeing all that he will accomplish moving forward.”

"Curtis is a hard-working, dedicated student-athlete who has had a great career in track and field and in the classroom,” said Colby-Sawyer co-athletic director Bill Foti. "He epitomizes the term student-athlete and we know he will go on to achieve great things. Congratulations to Curtis for this well-deserved honor of NAC man of the year.”

"Curtis has been an outstanding member of the Colby-Sawyer track-and-field team and a great role model to others through his involvement around campus and the community," said Colby-Sawyer co-athletic director Bill Foti George Martin. "He takes pride in everything he does, which has inspired other student-athletes to put forth a maximum effort.”

“I am incredibly proud to represent my school and family as the 2017-18 NAC man of the year,” said Warren. “To be seen as a leader and an example to follow by so many is truly humbling. This award feels like the final culmination of all of my hard work during my undergraduate career. I hope that during my time at Colby-Sawyer I have influenced others to immerse themselves fully into everything that they may pursue. I would not be the person I am without so many great influences and so much help along the way; to my coaches, family, advisers, professors, and friends — thank you.”

Warren was a two-sport athlete and a two-year captain at Colby-Sawyer, as he competed on the men’s indoor and outdoor track-and-field teams. He received the Chargers coach's award, earned NAC champion honors and saw his team claim back-to-back NAC outdoor track-and-field championships. He qualified for the New England championships seven times, was named to the NAC all-conference team and is the school record holder in the pole vault for indoor and outdoor.

The exercise science major was a three-year member of the Colby-Sawyer student-athlete advisory committee working on the athlete wellness committee and the community service committee. He was a part of the exercise and sport sciences majors club serving as an exercise science representative (2014-16), as the vice-president (2016-17) and as the president (2017-18).

He also was a two-year member of the student government association (Class of 2018 senator), the emerging leaders program (2015 marketing committee chairperson), and with the orientation leader program. He has volunteered time at the Boston Marathon and at Kearsarge Regional High School, along with working at the New London Outing Club, with the New Hampshire Special Olympics, and with Colby-Sawyer admissions on accepted students days and at open houses.

Warren has been accepted into the University of New England and will begin his pursuit of a doctorate of physical therapy degree in the fall of 2018. Academically, he was named to the Dean’s List all eight semesters, is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, earned a Fellowship Award, was named to the NAC all-academic team, was voted the 2018 NAC outdoor track-and-field senior scholar-athlete of the year, and earned the Ramona Wells Mercer Award (2017), the Colby-Sawyer Award (2018) and the Colby-Sawyer Senior Scholar-Athlete Award (2018).

Ryan Emerson, assistant director of athletics for sports information for Colby-Sawyer, contributed significant information this story.