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Third Annual Division I-AAA ADs Association Scholar-Athlete Teams Named

April 1, 2005

Cleveland, Ohio -- The 20 winners of the Third Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Teams were announced this week by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA).

"We are very proud of these outstanding student-athletes," says Pat Meiser-McKnett, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Hartford. "They represent the best of Division I-AAA."

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He/she must have reached sophomore athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He/she must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his/her designated position.

Additionally, from the Scholar-Athlete teams, one male and female student-athlete were selected as the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Receiving the women's honor was Tiffany Mor, a senior at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, with a 3.77 GPA in elementary education and Spanish; while the men's award went to Drake Diener, a senior DePaul University, with a 3.42 GPA in secondary education.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors was responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Pat Meiser-McKnett, Hartford; Jerry Baker, Charleston; Pete Carlon, Texas Arlington; Gary Cunningham, UC Santa Barbara; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Ken Kavanagh, Bradley; Jean Lenti-Ponsetto, DePaul; and John Planek, Loyola (Ill.).

Now in its fourth year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 90 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. The Association is administered by NACDA, which, now in its 40th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,150 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. Additionally, the Association operates the Sports Academy 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.

Men's Scholar-Athlete Team

NameInstitutionYearGPAMajor
Drake DienerDePaulSenior3.42Secondary Education
Andreas GahlmannPortlandSenior3.80Biochemistry
Rob KampmanWichita StateSenior3.41Sports Administration
Alexander LoughtonOld DominionJunior3.42Business Marketing
Sean MallonGonzagaSoph.3.28Political Science
Christian MarakerPacificJunior3.46Sport Sciences
Shema MbyirukiraBirmingham SouthernSenior3.55Computer Science/Accounting
Matt RohdeWisconsin Green BaySenior3.41Mathematics
Luke Spencer-GardnerOral RobertsSenior3.76Biology/Health Exercise Science
Chet StachitasSt. Joseph'sJunior3.20Finance

Women's Scholar-Athlete Team

NameInstitutionYearGPAMajor
Ashley BushSeton HallSenior3.59Psychology
Whitney CaveSienaJunior3.79Mathematics/Computer Science
Carolyn KiegerMarquetteJunior3.60Broadcasting
Mary Jane KreugerSan FranciscoGraduate3.97Sociology/English
Tyler McIlwraithSt. LouisSoph.3.89Early Childhood Education
Tiffany MorWisconsin Green BaySenior3.77Elementary Education/Spanish
Genny MuellerBradleySenior3.85Health Sciences/Spanish
Jenna RubinoDePaulSoph.3.56Undecided
Toni RussellSan FranciscoSenior3.68Sociology
Laura SpanheimerCreightonSenior3.69Exercise Science