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December 18, 1998

Inaugural Division I-AA ADs Association Academic All-Star Team Named

Cleveland, Ohio -- The 35 winners of the inaugural Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team were announced today by the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AA ADA).

The winners were chosen from 63 nominees and were announced at the Division I-AA football championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The 35 members of the Division I-AA Academic All-Star Team are:

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Position

Cumlative GPA

Voncellies

Allen

Georgia Southern University

Defensive Tackle

3.60

Nicholas

Batalis

Butler University

Center

3.80

Orlando

Bellisario

Duquesne University

Punter

3.45

Travis

Brawner

Southwest Missouri State University

Kicker/Punter

3.95

Giovanni

Carmazzi

Hofstra University

Quarterback

3.96

Eric

Cole

Wofford College

Offensive Guard/Center

3.53

Matthew

Crispino

University of New Hampshire

Left Tackle

3.34

Jacob

Crissup

Northern Arizona University

Linebacker

3.85

Jarrod

Everson

Liberty University

Defensive Line

3.68

Matt

Farabaugh

Saint Francis College (PA)

Linebacker

3.80

Matt

Fisher

Duquesne University

Linebacker

3.35

Jake

Fuller

Yale University

Wide Receiver

3.22

Wes

Gallagher

Tennessee Tech

Offensive Tackle

3.79

Patrick

Goodman

Western Kentucky University

Center

3.66

Brian

Hampton

Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Quarterback

3.50

William

Hines

McNeese State University

Offense Left Guard

3.92

Mike

MacKenzie

Eastern Washington University

Running Back

3.44

Nick

Martucci

Lehigh University

Defensive End

3.40

Brad

Meester

Northern Iowa

Center

3.72

Justin

Olsen

Montana, University of

Wide Receiver

3.78

Anthony

Pannunzio

Youngstown State University

Cornerback

3.78

Matt

Pederson

Northern Iowa

Linebacker

3.27

Daniel

Poulsen

University of Buffalo

Defensive End

3.84

Chad

Scott

Sam Houston State University

Linebacker

3.52

Scott

Shields

Weber State University

Strong Safety/Kicker/Punter

3.39

Chris

Silvestri

Fairfield University

Safety/Defensive Back

3.27

Brian

Smith

University of Massachusetts

Strong Safety

3.38

Brad

St. Louis

Southwest Missouri State University

Tight End

3.29

Doug

Tillberg

Northeastern University

Defensive Tackle

3.64

Miguel

Viera

University of Rhode Island

Linebacker

3.43

Jim

Walls

Fordham University

Tight End

3.31

Jason

Wancowicz

Bucknell University

Offensive Tackle

3.30

Ephraim

Wernick

Brown University

Defensive Tackle

3.20

Damian

Wroblewski

Lafayette College

Center

3.24

Mike

Wynne

University of Massachusetts

Offensive Lineman

3.95

"All of the nominees, and particularly the 35 winners represent the talent and dedication of the student-athletes at Division I-AA institutions," said Dave Roach, chair of the Division I-AA ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and athletics director at Brown University. "They are excellent choices to receive this inaugural award."

Football players from all Division I-AA institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the 63 nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AA athletics directors and football coaches was responsible for selecting the finalists. Completing this task were Dave Roach, chair, AD, Brown; Gene Doris, AD, Fairfield; Ken LaRose, football coach, Butler; Steve McCarty, AD, Stephen F. Austin; and Chris Ritrievi, AD, Northern Iowa.

Now in its sixth year, the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Division I-AA football. The Division I-AA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Now in its 34th year, NACDA serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. NACDA also owns the two preseason football games, the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II and III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.