Husson University baseball player Dylan Foster and University of Maine-Farmington basketball player Ben Johnson are two of the five finalists for the North Atlantic Conference’s Man of the Year award.

The award honors graduating student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

The winners will be announced later this month. The other finalists are Castleton State baseball player Matt McNamee, Colby-Sawyer baseball player Alex Drost and New England College soccer player Zak Harris.

Foster was the NAC baseball player of the year after batting .424 with 20 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He was part of two conference champions at Husson and was an all-tourney selection in 2013. He was a Dean’s list student for the last three years.

Johnson totaled 1,489 points and 914 rebounds in four seasons at UMF, fourth and third respectively, in the program’s history. He is the only NAC men’s basketball player to earn both player of the year (2013) and defensive player of year (2102) awards in a career. He was named to the NAC All-Academic team in 2013 and 2014.

Colby names assistant football coach

Connor Beerworth, who was part of the staff at the University of New Hampshire and coached at Castleton State (Vermont), will be an assistant coach for the Colby College football team this fall in Waterville.

Beerworth will lead the linebackers for Colby head coach Jonathan Michaeles.

Beerworth worked as a graduate intern at UNH since January. During the 2013 season, he coached outside linebackers, strong safeties, and worked with special teams at Castleton State. Beerworth also coached with the Rutland (Vermont) High School football team during the 2013 season with the running backs and defensive backs.