WASHINGTON – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Teams for baseball and Gallaudet University junior JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named to the District 2 first team as an infielder for Division III. Klein will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 28. This is Klein's second consecutive year being named to the Academic All-District first team, he was picked as a designated hitter last season.
Klein batted .363 (53-for-156) as he started 37 games for the Bison. He had 48 runs, 53 hits, 15 doubles, six triples, and tallied 19 RBI. Statistically in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), Klein is first overall in games (37), plate appearances (166), at bats (146), runs, (48), hits (53) and doubles (15). Klein is second in sacrifice hits (5), third in stolen bases (12), fifth in total bases (68) and 10th in batting average (.363). 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 3.55 GPA. Klein is one of two NEAC players picked to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first teams. SUNYIT's Jim Sass was named to the first team from District 3.
Gallaudet has earned five Academic All-America selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. Adham Talaat was selected to the football first and second team in 2013 and 2012, respectively, and Ann Whited was selected to the women's volleyball third team in 2012. 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 All-America 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 2 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-America teams 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 third 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 2013-14 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.
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Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $206.9 billion in deposits and $289.9 billion in total assets as of September 30, 2013. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index. To be eligible for Academic All‐America® consideration, a student‐athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All‐America honors on more than 20,000 student‐athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.