December 18, 2000
Third Annual Division I-AA ADs Association Academic All-Star Team Named
CLEVELAND -- The 40 winners of the Third Annual Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team were announced Friday, December 15 by the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AA ADA).
The winners were chosen from 88 nominees and were announced at the Division I-AA football championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 40 members of the Division I-AA Academic All-Star Team are listed on the next page.
"All of the nominees, and particularly the 40 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 annual award."
Football players from all Division I-AA institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the 88 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 was responsible for selecting the finalists. Completing this task were Dave Roach, chair, Brown; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Terry Driscoll, William and Mary; Kim Graham, Liberty; Wayne Hogan, Montana; Steve McCarty, Stephen F. Austin; and John Johnson, Weber State.
Now in its eighth 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). NACDA, now in its 36th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators 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 and operates 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.
Division I-AA Academic All-Star Team
|Matthew Andrews||Lehigh University||Free Safety||3.20|
|Joel Barrow||Weber State University||Defensive Tackle||3.62|
|Billy Beltz||Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo||Defensive End||3.40|
|Brian Bodor||Wofford College||Defensive Tackle||3.53|
|Caesar Campana IV||Western Carolina University||Wide Receiver||3.67|
|Kevin Campbell||La Salle University||Linebacker||3.77|
|Stephen Campbell||Brown University||Wide Receiver||3.20|
|C.J. Carroll||Southwest Texas State University||Safety||3.48|
|Gordon Chen||Brown University||Defensive Tackle||3.80|
|Malcolm Colbert III||Troy State University||Linebacker||3.76|
|Kenneth Combs||Eastern Kentucky University||Defensive End||3.39|
|Billy Cundiff||Drake University||Placekicker||3.54|
|Eric Damko||Northern Arizona University||Offensive Lineman||3.83|
|Damon Dawson||Hampton University||Defensive Tackle/End||3.49|
|John Devoti||Towson University||Defensive Tackle||3.33|
|Lon Dimbatt||Charleston Southern University||Offensive Lineman||3.82|
|Dave Evans||Bucknell University||Strong Safety||3.75|
|DeWayne Ewing||Butler University||Quarterback||3.66|
|Eric Higgins||Bucknell University||Linebacker||3.69|
|Wes Hines||McNeese State University||Offensive Tackle||3.96|
|Vince Huntsberger||University of Montana||Strong Safety||3.91|
|Eric Johnson||Yale University||Wide Receiver/Punter||3.60|
|R.D. Kern||Harvard University||Defensive Tackle||3.40|
|Gene Liebel||Towson University||Fullback||3.97|
|Marion Martin||Furman University||Linebacker||3.90|
|Phil McGeoghan||University of Maine||Wide Receiver||3.29|
|Josiah Mooney||St. John's University||Linebacker||3.69|
|Caleb Moore||Dartmouth College||Offensive Guard||3.23|
|Eric Nash||Wofford College||Offensive Guard||3.35|
|Matt Nighswonger||Idaho State University||Offensive Lineman||3.60|
|Steven Norcini||Fairfield University||Linebacker||3.70|
|Ryan O'Donoghue||Georgetown University||Strong Safety||3.63|
|Adam Overbey||Towson University||Wide Receiver||3.71|
|Hadley Prince||McNeese State University||Safety||3.52|
|Brian Smith||University of Massachusetts||Defensive Back||3.36|
|Andrew Smulski||Duquesne University||Center||3.52|
|Travis Stephens||The Citadel||Linebacker||3.38|
|Matt Thuesen||University of Montana||Center||3.87|
|Gino Tutera||Georgia Southern University||Defensive Tackle||3.61|
|Tony Zimmerman||Duquesne University||Quarterback||3.23|