UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 6 | April
Athlete of the Year
UBC pitcher Jeff Francis was named the Sport BC University Athlete
of the Year at the 36th annual awards gala in Vancouver on March
Last season, Francis was named the NAIA Region I Player of the
Year and an NAIA All-American after going 12-3 with a 0.92 ERA.
He then played in the Alaska Baseball League (ABL) for the Anchorage
Bucs and was named ABL Player of the Year.
Francis was picked up by the Anchorage Glacier Pilots for the
National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series, where he was named
World Series MVP and won the Top Pro Prospect Award. He finished
the summer winning a gold medal with Team BC at the Canada Games.
Earlier this year, Baseball America made Francis the first ever
player from a Canadian institution to be named to their Preseason
All-American Team. He is one of four Thunderbirds hoping to be selected
in the upcoming June MBL draft.