On August 31, 2018, Rob Nutter, a graduate of the Class of 2012, lost his courageous battle with leukemia. As a student and teammate, Rob epitomized leadership and friendship. He was beloved among classmates and known for his dedication and sportsmanship.
This year, just two short months after his passing, Rob’s baseball teammates were inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame, a ceremony that kicks off Homecoming & Family Weekend.
In his memory, the Rob Nutter ’12 Teammate Award was announced at this year’s event and will be granted each spring to a graduating student-athlete known for their outstanding commitment and contributions to their team. The recipient is recognized for steadfast support and leadership to their fellow teammates.
Each year, the Rob Nutter ’12 Teammate Award winner will be invited to the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner held that fall and will be recognized alongside that year’s inductees.
Baseball Coach and Professor Greg King, who coached Nutter and the honored 2012 team, said, “The Rob Nutter Teammate Award will ensure that Rob’s legacy will carry on and be forever remembered by the Thomas College community. The Award will serve as a constant reminder of his character, dedication, and fighting spirit. I consider this Award to be one of, if not the most, prestigious awards presented by the Thomas athletic department.”
Athletic Director Shanda Ness agreed, adding, “Being recognized as an exceptional teammate is the highest compliment in sports. Putting the needs of the team over your own is about character and who you are as a person and those qualities are contagious and last a lifetime.”