NEWS | Brad Bonomini, Maddie Fleet Earn Top Athletic Honors for 2018-19

L-R: Head coach Mike Leonard with Wil B. Nelp winner Brad Bonomini & Maddie Fleet with Jenny Johnson-Kappes winning the award in her name. Photos courtesy of Danny Goggans
L-R: Head coach Mike Leonard with Wil B. Nelp winner Brad Bonomini & Maddie Fleet with Jenny Johnson-Kappes winning the award in her name. Photos courtesy of Danny Goggans

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College seniors Maddie Fleet and Brad Bonomini were bestowed the highest honor for a senior student-athlete on Monday (May 6) night at the athletic department's senior student-athlete banquet.

A four-year member of the football team, Bonomini was named the recipient of the Wil B. Nelp Award for the top male senior student-athlete at Franklin College. Fleet, a four-year member of the women's soccer team, was presented with the Jenny Johnson-Kappes Award as the most outstanding female senior student-athlete.

Bonomini capped a stellar career by being named the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Offensive MVP, making it nine straight years a Franklin player has earned the league's top offensive award. The Lawrenceburg, Ind.-native hauled in 71 passes for 1,224 yards and 11 touchdowns, leading the Grizzlies in all three categories.

Additionally, he was named a Third Team All-American by the Associated Press and an Honorable Mention All-American by D3Football.com. He ranked first in the HCAC in yards and catches and his 122.4 yards receiving per game were second nationally for Franklin's top-ranked offense in Division III.

Fleet re-wrote the Franklin record books over her four-year stint with the women's soccer team. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native ended her career as the school's all-time leader in goals (96), assists (34), points (226) and game-winning goals (22). She is a four-time HCAC Offensive MVP and helped the Grizzlies rack up 54 wins during her tenure with the program, which included the program's first ever HCAC Tournament championship back in 2017.

She is three-time Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America, becoming the first student-athlete in school history to earn that honor in three consecutive years. She was a First Team Academic All-American in 2017 and earned a pair of Second Team Academic All-America honors in both 2016 and 2018. She is also a four-time United Soccer Coaches all-region selection, earning All-American honors in both 2016 and 2017.