WASHINGTON – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2015-16 Academic All-America Men's Basketball Teams and two Gallaudet University seniors, Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) and Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.), were named to the Division III second team and third team, respectively.
Gordon becomes the third Gallaudet student-athlete to earn two CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in his career joining Katie Giles (swimming and track and fileld) and Adham Talaat (football). Gordon was named to the 2014-15 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III men's basketball third team last year for his performance with the men's basketball team. This is Bonheyo's first CoSIDA Academic All-America honor in his career. The two Bison honors double the total tally of Academic All-America selections for the Gallaudet men's basketball program to four. Brian Bippus was Gallaudet's first Academic All-America in 1991.
Gallaudet, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, leads all Division III men's basketball programs with two Academic All-America selections this season. Carnegie Mellon had two women's basketball Academic All-America honorees, joining Gallaudet as the only schools with multiple honorees on one of three five-player teams.
Gordon is a four-year letterwinner at Gallaudet where he is a double major in communications and government, carrying a 3.78 grade point average (GPA). The Talladega, Ala., native concluded his collegiate career with 1,211 points, good for 15th place on school's all-time scoring list, to go along with 385 rebounds, 231 3-pointers, 103 assists, 79 steals while shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Bonheyo is a three-year letterwinner in basketball and is also a two-year letterwinner in football while majoring in mathematics with a 3.98 GPA. He accumulated 342 points, 230 rebounds, 221 assists, 75 steals and converted 27 3-pointers for the men's basketball program. Along with Gordon, the duo has set school records for conference wins (14), consecutive wins in a season (10) during the 2014-15 season and wins (18) twice in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
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. A student-athlete must earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors before being placed on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot.
Gallaudet Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson nominated both Gordon and Bonheyo for this honor and has helped Gallaudet athletics increase its CoSIDA Academic All-America totals, fivefold, in his seven years at the helm.
"Trey and Todd are very deserving of these honors and I am very proud of them being recognized, together, on the national stage. The two of them are true student-athletes and are excellent role models on Gallaudet's campus," said Atkinson, who also serves on CoSIDA's Board of Directors.
Gallaudet's CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors
Gallaudet has earned 10 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. Eight of the 10 awards have been earned in the past four years.
2016: Trey Gordon, 2nd team (Men's Basketball)
2016: Todd Bonheyo, 3rd team (Men's Basketball)
2015: Katie Giles, team (Women's Track and Field)
2015: Trey Gordon, 3rd team (Men's Basketball)
2014: Katie Giles, 2nd team (At-Large - Swimming)
2013: Adham Talaat, 1st team (Football)
2012: Ann Whited, 3rd team (Women's Volleyball)
2012: Adham Talaat, 2nd team (Football)
1993: Wayne Langbein, 2nd team (At-Large - Track & Field)
1991: Brian Bippus, 2nd team (Men's Basketball)
- 2015-16 CoSIDA Men's Basketball Academic All-America Teams (PDF)
- Official press release on CoSIDA.com about Academic All-America Division III basketball teams
About CoSIDA Academic All-America® Program
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 CoSIDA 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 fifth 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 Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The 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 2015-16 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.