It was announced yesterday that Puma infielder Josh Bristyan is a winner of the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award®. This award is given annually by Rawlings in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Nine players at the NJCAA Division II level were so honored for their outstanding defensive play during the 2018 season. Of the nine awardees at the DII level, Bristyan is the only back-to-back recipient of the award this season.
The ACCAC was well represented in the DII award lineup. Bristyan is one of three awardees that hail from the ACCAC (Abiles, GCC; France, CGCC).
In 2018 Bristyan posted a .976 fielding percentage in 59 games for the Pumas. He led the NJCAA with 178 assists and posted 112 putouts on the season.
Nominations for the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards® are determined by each division’s respective committee. Student-Athletes must be nominated by their respective district to be eligible for the awards.
Bristyan is the third Puma in program history to receive this award, the first to receive the award twice. Outfielder Brick Paskiewicz won the award in 2014 and shortstop Shaun McCarty received the award in 2012.
To see the complete list of 2018 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners, HERE