WASHINGTON, D.C. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Teams for baseball and Gallaudet University junior JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named to the District Two first team as a designated hitter for Division III. Klein will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-American honors, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 29.
Klein batted .303 (46-for-152) as he started 40 games for the Bison. He was second on the team with 35 runs, 46 hits, nine doubles and tallied 19 RBIs as Gallaudet went 20-21 overall and 11-3 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) where the Bison were regular-season co-champions. He helped the Bison beat its first-ever nationally ranked team in school history this past March 20 when he went 2-for-5, scored three runs and walked twice in a thrilling 11-10 win over No. 23 Rowan University. Klein has made several dean's lists while at GU. He is studying to receive his bachelor's degree in interpreting and currently maintains a 3.42 GPA. Klein is the only player selected from a NEAC school on any of the all-district teams.
Gallaudet has earned four Academic All-America selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. This past December there were two Bison that earned Academic All-America honors in football junior Adham Talaat (second team) and women's volleyball senior Ann Whited (third team). Wayne Langbein was named to the men's second team for track and field in 1993 and Brian Bippus was selected to the men's basketball second team in 1991.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. District Two is comprised of Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
CoSIDA began this program in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite Capital One Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Academic All-Americans in 12 sports.
The Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed per sport and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.
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