Senior swimmer and diver Sarah Stevens (Wellsville) and senior baseball player Jarrod Deaton (Newburgh Free Academy) have been named the 2019-20 Alfred State Pioneer Legacy recipients. This award is given to the male and female athletes who have achieved success on and off the field throughout their career at Alfred State. The nominees have demonstrated Sportsmanship and Leadership, been involved in Civic Engagement activities, along with earning athletic honors during their career.
Sarah Stevens was a four year member of the swimming & diving team. She made an impact as both a diver and a swimmer and was a key to the team winning the college's first AMCC Title this year. Stevens holds every NCAA era diving record and is part of several record breaking relay teams. During her career, she has attended both diving and swimming practices on top of being a RA and being an All-AMCC Academic Team honoree.
During the 2019-20 season she earned All-AMCC 1st team honors in two events and 2nd team honors in three events. This followed her being named the AMCC Diver of the Year and was All-AMCC in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She has been a team captain the past three years and vocal leader.
Female Pioneer Legacy Award Nominees: Jennifer Cirigliano (Western Equestrian), Kate Frascella (Cross Country/Track & Field), Angela Martone (Soccer), Kiara Perkins (Volleyball), & Kelsey Shaulis (Basketball)
Jarrod Deaton was a four year member of the baseball team as a relief pitcher. He appeared in 40 games with 39 of those appearances coming out of the bullpen. He finished his career with a 6-3 record and two saves in 61.1 inning of work. He had a career 4.40 ERA and struck out 49 while walking 20. After seeing action in only two games as a freshman he became one of the top relievers in the AMCC during his sophomore season. He was named All-AMCC 2nd team in 2018 after having a 2.81 ERA and a 1-0 record with a save in 16 innings pitched in AMCC play. He was the first Pioneer baseball player to earn All-AMCC honors.
He was a team captain and leader with a smile on his face constantly, that led by example and hard work. He was always willing to help within the baseball program and the athletic department who went above and beyond for the betterment of both.
Male Pioneer Legacy Award Nominees: Josh Reding (Basketball) & Sam Van Valkenburg (football)