Courtesy of the Assumption College Athletics Communication Office, here’s last night’s release about senior football defensive back Mike Bates, who was named the 2014 Northeast-10 Co-Man of the Year Award:
Essex, Vt. (June 2) — Assumption College senior football defensive back Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) has been named as the 2014 Northeast-10 Co-Man of the Year, as selected by a panel of administrators from the Northeast-10 Conference member institutions. Bates becomes the first Assumption student-athlete to receive the Man of the Year Award, which was established in 2013.
The award was presented at the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Year-End Awards Banquet, which was held on Monday evening at the Essex Spa and Resort in Essex, Vt.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Mike and I am extremely proud of him for being recognized with this award,” said Nick Smith, director of athletics and recreation. “Mike has excelled on the football field as an All-Conference athlete, but has showed that same commitment in the classroom and in the community. To be able to balance so many different areas and achieve at a high level in each, it is a sign of a student-athlete with tremendous character and work ethic who is truly deserving of this award.”
Bates, the winner of the 2014 Rev. Armand Desautels Memorial Award as the College’s “Premier Senior Student-Athlete,” is a three-time Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference selection and a three-time All-Conference selection for his performance on the field. A First Team honoree and a Worcester Area Football First Team All-Star in 2013, Bates led the team and ranked fourth in the league with 96 tackles. At the 2014 Assumption Senior Student-Athlete Awards Night, Bates was also honored with the Steve “Merc” Morris Memorial Award, which is given to the College’s “Top Four-Year Student-Athletes.”
A Preseason All-American and team captain this past season, Bates claimed the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Football Sport Excellence Award, which is awarded to the top student-athlete in each of the conference-sponsored sports.
In addition to his work on the field, Bates is an active member in the community as he volunteers his time to a number of worthy causes both on and off campus. One of his biggest contributions was his work initiating a relationship with Team IMPACT over the last three seasons as the Hounds football program adopted Yan and Jose Perez onto the team. His other community service work includes the Mentors in Violence Program (MVP), Red Watch Program, Toys for Tots and more. With the MVP Program, he acted as a lead mentor for the national program in 2012-2013.
An accounting major, he is a four-time recipient of the Assumption College Student-Athlete Director’s Citation for a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a four-time member of the Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll. He was also inducted into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society following the 2014 season.
Bates is a four-year recipient of the Milleret Merit Scholarship from 2010-2014 and received the 2013 St. Augustine Scholarship, which is given annually and voted on by the College’s faculty, staff and administration, to six junior class students that “most notably embody the characteristics of leadership, academic excellence, service and overall commitment.”