Athens, GA - University of Georgia freshman pitcher/infielder Cooper Moseley has received the inaugural National Umpires Association Player of the Year/Sportsmanship Award, the NUA announced Thursday.
The award is given to the nation's top amateur baseball player who most "exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the field—ethical behavior both on and off the field, fair play and integrity" by NUA. This award does not singularly demand excellence of play of the game of baseball, but is a culmination of exemplary on-the-field and off-the-field performances by the individual. In 2009, the umpires of NUA were privileged to assess and umpire thousands of players in the 14U-18U age brackets from across the country during the spring and summer seasons. At the close of the regular summer season, NUA umpires cast their votes for this award, and Moseley was a unanimous choice as the player who exemplified the highest standards.
Moseley, a 5-11, 170-pound native of Montgomery, Ala., is the son of Carey and Eve Moseley. During his prep career, he played at the Evangel Family Christian Academy and Success Unlimited Academy in Montgomery. He posted a 7-1 record with a 1.22 ERA and 130 strikeouts as a senior. Also, he hit .583 with four home runs and 46 RBI. He was the top-ranked prep player in the state of Alabama by Perfect Game USA in 2009.
“It was Moseley's unselfish, classy and service-oriented approach to the game and to life that made him stand out,” said Jim Stros National Director of the NUA. “He’s an extremely hard worker with a positive can-do attitude.”
Stros added that several of the umpires in NUA took notice of Moseley's faith, humble approach on and off the field towards all coaches, his teammates, opponents, and was always professional towards the umpires.
Moseley is projected to see action on the mound and at second base for the Bulldogs. In his first semester at UGA, the agriculture major excelled in the classroom, earning a spot on the Fall 2009 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Student-athletes must post a grade point average of 3.00 or high to earn this distinction.
“Cooper is an outstanding student-athlete and a fierce competitor,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “He had a productive fall, and we’re looking forward to him making a huge impact for our 2010 team.”
The Bulldogs resume full-squad workouts on Jan. 29 with the season opener slated for Feb. 19 against Baylor in Waco, Texas.