Kentucky baseball catcher Troy Squires has won the Senior CLASS Award, given to college athletes who excel on and off the field. The Elizabethtown native is the first UK student-athlete to ever win the prestigious award.
“It’s an honor to receive the Senior CLASS Award,” said Squires. “It may be cliché to say, but it took hard work and a lot of patience. Going from not really playing much my first years in the program to playing every day doesn’t happen overnight, and I hope young kids and prospects see that patience is key. I was fortunate enough to wear the letter of my home state across my chest during my college career, and being a kid growing up in Kentucky, that’s all you ever really want. I can’t express the amount of love and thankfulness I have toward my family for allowing me to live a dream.”
The award is given to Division I seniors who abide by four C’s: community, classroom, character and competition. CLASS is actually an acronym for, “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.”
Squires came to UK as a walk-on infielder and leaves as a 23rd round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays. Nick Mingione could not be more proud to have Squires represent his program.
“I couldn’t think of a person more deserving of this award than Troy. The example he has set in our program won’t soon be forgotten, and we are thrilled for him and his family and proud of how he will represent the Senior CLASS Award program,” UK coach Nick Mingione said.
“Troy embodies everything you look for in a student-athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree in four years and is on target to get his master’s. He has dedicated countless hours to serving the community. He arrived as an infielder and turned himself into an all-conference catcher through hard work and commitment. It speaks to his character, perseverance and servant’s heart.”