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Soccer: Woodbury’s Kallman up for CLASS Award

Woodbury native and current Florida State senior defender Kassey Kallman is one of 30 student-athletes in the running for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer. (Photo courtesy Florida State University)

Woodbury native and current Florida State senior defender Kassey Kallman is one of 30 student-athletes in the running for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer.

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 — community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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.

“Kassey has established herself as one of the most outstanding student-athletes in the country,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “Her performance on the field has been consistent during her time at Florida State. She has performed at a very high level both as a Seminole and as a member of the U.S. national teams at various levels. In the classroom, she is an ‘A’ student and is as good of a leader as we have had here at Florida State. Her work ethic both on and off the playing field is the best that I have seen in a very long time. When you talk about the Senior CLASS Award and what it stands for, Kassey Kallman is a perfect candidate.”

Kallman was a key component to the Seminole defense that set school records for shutouts (17), goals against average (0.62) and fewest goals allowed in ACC play (4) last year. It is also the same defense that went on to finish the season ranked in the top 40 nationally in shutouts percentage (2nd), GAA (12th) and save percentage (36th).

The Woodbury High School graduate has tallied 68 career starts in four seasons at Florida State with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. She has been a fixture in the Seminole backline since 2010 and has helped Florida State to back-to-back College Cup appearances, an ACC title in 2011 and a conference regular season championship in 2012.

In the classroom, Kallman is majoring in business management. She was named a second team Capital One Academic All-American in 2012 becoming just the second Seminole in program history to be named an Academic All-American. The senior defender is also a two-time first team Capital One Academic All-District honoree.

Kallman has been named to the ACC All-Academic Team in each of her first three seasons at Florida State and is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She has also been named to FSU’s President’s List twice and made Dean’s List honors on two separate occasions.

As Florida State’s team captain in 2013, Kallman has also played an active role in the community both in Tallahassee and in her home state of Minnesota volunteering at a variety of organizations.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

For more information on all the candidates, visit

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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