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DI-AAA ADA Announces Scholar-Athlete Teams, Scholar-Athletes of the Year and Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

April 11, 2013

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CLEVELAND -- The 20 winners of the 11th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Teams were announced today by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA). In addition, the Association also selected both a men’s and women’s scholar-athlete of the year and postgraduate scholarship winners.

Our Association congratulates this year’s scholar-athlete award winners,” stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Missouri Kansas City. “We pride ourselves in honoring deserving student-athletes for both their academic and athletics achievements each year and are excited to have an additional platform on which to recognize these outstanding accomplishments.”

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was 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. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games listed on the nomination form. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached JUNIOR academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible). To be eligible for the Postgraduate Scholarship, he/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution. Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2013.



Additionally, from the Scholar-Athlete teams, one male and female student-athlete was selected as the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Receiving the women’s honor was Amanda Hyde, a mathematics teaching major from the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, with a 4.00 GPA; while the men’s award went to Kelly Olynyk, a business administration major from Gonzaga University, with a 3.53 GPA.

Alexandra Hall, a management and economincs/finance major from the University of Hartford, with a 3.91 GPA, and Chase Hallam, an accounting major from the University of Denver, with a 3.90 GPA, were selected as the 2013 postgraduate scholarship recipients. Each will receive $5,000 towards postgraduate studies and will be given their awards during the Association’s annual membership meeting being held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, being held at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla., June 13-15.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors were responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph’s; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Hogan, Seattle; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul; and Dave Mullins, East Tennessee State.

Men's Scholar-Athlete Team  
Name Institution GPA Major
Luke Apfeld Vermont 3.80 English and Sociology
Ben Averkamp Loyola Chicago 3.80 Biology
Travis Bader Oakland 3.45 Communications
Kyle Boswell UC Santa Barbara 3.78 Mechanical Engineering
Chase Hallam Denver 3.91 Accounting
Holton Hunsaker Utah Valley 3.90 Accounting
John Stuart Mann Belmont 3.58 Economics
Ray McCallum Detroit Mercy 3.48 Communications
Kelly Olynyk Gonzaga 3.53 Business Administration
Isaac Sosa Canisius 3.48 Finance
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient:  Chase Hallam, Denver
Women's Scholar-Athlete Team  
Name Instituion GPA Major
Maggie Blair Manhattan 3.94 Finance/Management
Haley D'Angelo Iona 3.89 Business Administration
Lily Grenci Siena 3.89 Sociology
Sarah Hansen Florida Gulf Coast 3.94 Chemistry
Raven Harris UMBC 4.00 Teaching
Amanda Hyde IPFW 4.00 Mathematics and Teaching
Sarah Nelson Creighton 3.70 Pre-Health Science and Finance
Eilise O'Conner UMKC 3.99 Health Sciences
Erin Shields Saint Joseph's 3.86 Accounting and Finance
Kacie Sowell Seattle 3.47 Sports and Exercise Science
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Amanda Hyde, IPFW
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient: Alexandra Hall, Hartford

About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 12th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 101 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.