NEWARK, Del. - - The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced the 2019-20 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards, in its 13th year, is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.
The Wilmington University athletics department placed 75 student-athletes on the list of award winners, 10 more than last year's award announcement. The fall and spring sports placed 34 student-athletes on the list each, led by track and field's 14 recipients. Men's soccer place 11 student-athletes on the academic list while men's lacrosse was third with seven student-athletes. A full list of Wildcat award winners can be found at the bottom of the page.
The 75 Wilmington University student-athletes rank second most in the CACC, only behind Jefferson's 89 student-athletes. In total, the CACC landed 538 student-athletes ranking 13th among the division's 23 conferences.
In total, there were 15,315 student-athletes from 201 institutions recognized for the 2019-20 Academic Achievement Awards. These numbers shattered the records for highest number of participating institutions and the largest number of student-athletes being nominated since the award program's inception. For the second-straight year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has the largest number of student-athlete honorees with 1,365 total, closely followed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 1,333 and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) with 1,220.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the student-athlete must: have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work; have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
Independently, the PSAC's Gannon University led the way with 219 honorees, followed closely by Stonehill College of the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) with 208 award winners. Lindenwood University out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference finished third with 188 recipients and another PSAC representative Seton Hill University came in fourth overall with 180. Rounding out the top-five was the GLVC's University of Indianapolis with 175 nominees.
About D2 ADA: The D2 ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the D2 ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com. The D2 ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 56th year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
2020 Division 2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards
Women's Tennis (2) – Laura Gil, Mallory Nolte
Volleyball (5) – Bailey Andrews, Mandy Behiels, Emma Kongevold, Angel Oliver, Juliana Testa
Golf (4) – Matthew Kettleson, Ali Ladak, Nathan Pitts, Arvy Shongwe
Cross Country (6) – Alexa Crowell, Rosemary Gillam, Allyson Kelly, Grace Slate, James Kennedy, Will Rehrig
Men's Soccer (11) – Mitchell Coll, Joe Bell, Fredrik Bentdal, Lorne Bickley, Shawn Genus, Elliott Johnson, Callum McHale, Greg Melvin, Gabrielle Prgomet, Dimitrios Toupozlis, Hakim Williams
Women's Soccer (6) – Viviana Caamano, Allison Hartwyk, Krysta Memis, Emily Navarrete, Alexis Johnson, Kasie Lambert
Women's Bowling (2) – Rachel Hirst, Malia Stout
Women's Basketball (4) – Mikala Casimir, Jonna Maddox, Emily Ansah, Kiara Eubanks
Men's Basketball (1) – Alvin West
Track & Field (14) – Emma Kongevold, Rosemary Gillam, Allyson Kelly, Grace Slate, James Kennedy, Will Rehrig, Gabby Brown, Viviana Caamano, Mikala Casimi, Allison Hartwyk, Jonna Maddox, Emily Navarrete, Mitchell Coll, Daniel Loyo
Softball (5) – Isabel Collins, Annie Davila, Rachel Durham, Alexis Sann, Alyssa Velasquez
Baseball (3) – Justin Brooks, Daniel Hyatt, Mitchell Leslie
Women's Lacrosse (5) – Maris Allen, Casey Johnson, Juliana Kolakowski, Alexis Miller, Delaney Steele
Men's Lacrosse (7) – Noah Brock, James Colligan, Noah Given, Colyn Lyons, Jake Mollohan, Zach Pancake, Dalton Ziemba