Sirus is the first member of the softball team to be nominated for the national 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 – classroom, character, community and competition.
Midway through the regular season the 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists. Those 10 names will be placed on the offiicial ballot with voting by the media, coaches and fans. The winner will be announced in June at the NCAA Women's College World Series.
Sirus, majoring in Psychology/Nursing, was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine National Academic All-America First Team in 2009. She has been a member of the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team each year.
A native of Sarasota, Fla., Sirus was named as the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year for 2010. She was a First Team All-Atlantic Sun selection in 2009 and also was a member of the A-Sun All-Tournament Team.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School>/i>, the Lowe’s 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 Lady Bisons open the regular season Friday when they face Central Arkansas in the first round of the Mardi Gras Tournament hosted by South Alabama in Mobile.
The Lady Bisons are the preseason favorite of the conference coaches to win both the regular season and tournament championships in the Atlantic Sun.