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

June 4, 2004

Cleveland, Ohio -- The 20 winners of the Second 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, coordinator 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 Corinne Wong, a senior at the University of the Pacific, with a 3.96 GPA in environmental studies and geology; while the men's award went to Adam Mark, a senior at Belmont University, with a 3.95 GPA in computer science.

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors was responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Peg Bradley-Doppes, UNC-Wilmington; Pete Carlon, Texas-Arlington; Gary Cunningham, UC-Santa Barbara; Tom Dillon, Canisius; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Ken Kavanagh, Bradley; Jean Lenti-Ponsetto, DePaul; Pat Meiser-McKnett, Hartford; and John Planek, Loyola-Chicago.

Now in its third 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 39th 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 NACDA 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
Kyle BankheadGonzagaGraduate3.26Sports Administration
Clint CuffleEvansvilleJunior3.75Civil Engineering
Brody DerenCreightonSenior3.67Exercise Science
Drake DienerDePaulJunior3.37Secondary Education
Michael LindemanCreightonGraduate3.92Business Administration
Alex LoughtonOld DominionSoph.3.29Business
Adam MarkBelmontSenior3.95Computer Science
Blake SteppGonzagaSenior3.23Business Administration
Ryan StysHartfordSenior3.31Economics & Finance
Jason TelfordLoyola ChicagoSenior3.93Finance

Women's Scholar-Athlete Team

NameInstitutionYearGPAMajor
Sara EsidoreQuinnipiacSenior3.78Computer Information Systems
Sarah KustokDePaulSenior3.80Communications
Ann MimmNiagaraSenior3.85Education
Genny MuellerBradleyJunior3.91Health Science
Bridget MurrayHartfordSenior3.80Management
Laura SpanheimerCreightonJunior3.74Exercise Science
Colleen ToetzNiagaraSenior3.72Biology
Maria ViallWisconsin MilwaukeeSenior3.77Journalism & Mass Communications
Lisa WillettUC Santa BarbaraSenior3.75Religious Studies
Corinne WongPacificSenior3.96Environmental Studies & Geology