CAMBRIDGE, MASS.-- Eleven America East student-athletes have been selected to the 2009 Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team, which was released by the conference office this afternoon. These student athletes, who excel both academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.
The All-Academic team consists of University at Albany’s Bo Jelovac (Belgrade, Serbia/Sveti Sava School), Binghamton University’s Chris Terry (Beech Creek, Pa./Central Mountain), Andy Tiedt (Akron, N.Y./Akron) and Scott Zobre (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie), University of Hartford’s Nenad Cudic (Novi Sad, Serbia/Fourth Grammar), Ivan Guarin (Periera, Colombia/White Plains) and Cedomir Tomcic (Novi Sad, Serbia/Mid-Continent Univ.), UMBC’s John Paul Waraksa (Media, Pa./Strath Haven) and University of New Hampshire’s Joe Corsello (York, Maine/York), Robin Gerum (Kullavik, Sweden/Katrinelunds Gym) and Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack).
Guarin and Tomcic were also first-team all-conference choices, while Hilton and Zobre were second-team selections. Cudic, meanwhile, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Men’s Soccer first team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), while Terry was a third-team selection.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the second straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 11 on the field for soccer) but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.