Trio of Lions garner Capital One Academic All-America honors

Trio of Lions garner Capital One Academic All-America honors

AUSTIN, Texas – Three Lions’ student-athletes were named to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-American At-Large teams selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), as announced Wednesday by the CoSIDA Academic All-America Committee. 

Saint Leo placed men’s swimmer Matheus Assis on the Second Team while men’s tennis athlete Guillaume Vanelven garnered Third Team honors.  Women’s golfer Marie Coors was the final Green and Gold recipient, being named to the women’s Second Team.

Assis, a junior Management and Marketing major from João Pessoa, Brazil finished fourth in the nation in the 50 Freestyle and 11th in the 100 Freestyle at the NCAA National Championships.  The All-SSC Second Team winner owns the Saint Leo records for the 50 Free, 100 Free and 200 Free while combining in five relay records (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Free, 400 Free and 800 Free).  Assis has earned President’s Club honors four times in five semesters at Saint Leo, maintaining a 3.84 GPA.

“I'm really proud of Matheus, as he continues to provide us an example of what the quintessential student-athlete anywhere could look like,” said head swim coach Paul Mangen. “He's a stud swimmer, a focused student, but more importantly he's a great person. We are blessed.” 

Coors, a sophomore Economics major from Gross-Zimmern, Germany was a solid contributor for the Saint Leo women’s golf team with a 76.44 stroke average and a pair of top-5 finishes in her second season with the Green and Gold.  The 2014 Sunshine State Conference individual champion was a WGCA All-South Region selection while earning Second Team All-America honors as a freshman.  Coors maintains a 3.99 GPA and is a three-time Deans List recipient while being named to the SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

"I continue to be proud of Marie for all of the accolades she has earned. She is an outstanding example of what it truly means to be a student-athlete,” said head women’s golf coach Tommy Baker. “She holds herself to the highest standards both on the course and academically. To be named a Capital One Academic All-American is a testament to her dedication and commitment to excellence.  The best is yet to come for Marie and it is a privilege to be her coach."

Vanelven, a Sport Business Major in his first season as a member of the Green and Gold.  The Pourcieux, France native posted a 14-3 record while assisting the Lions to a NCAA Regional appearance.  Vanelven secured a singles victory over Paolo Volpicelli to earn the program’s first victory over No. 7 Lynn.  The All-SSC Second Team singles recipient holds a 4.00 GPA at Saint Leo.

“Guillaume has had an exceptional year both on and off the court for us and has definitely exceeded our expectations in both areas,” said head tennis coach Chris. “On the court he has been a very reliable point for us, where he led the team in winning percentage and has defeated formidable opponents. We are very proud of his accomplishments and look forward to having him return for another year. Guillaume has a very bright future ahead, as he begins his pursuit of a Master’s Degree.”

The Sunshine State Conference totaled 14 selection to both the men’s and women’s at-large teams, with Barry paving the way with four selections (three men, one woman receiving honors).  Saint Leo was second with three selections while Lynn and Tampa each garnered a pair of athletes honored.  Florida Tech, Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern each placed a single athlete on the squads.

The trio join men’s soccer Capital One All-American Manuel Schoenhuber as the Lions totaled four student athletes on the Academic All-America teams for the 2014-15 academic year thus far.

Saint Leo had eight student-athletes honored as Academic All-Americans prior to the 2014-15 season, adding four, the most in any one season in Lions’ history.

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Previous CoSIDA Academic All-America selections 

1972

James Kiley

Men's Basketball

2nd Team

1976

Pete Kuhlman

Men's Basketball

2nd Team

1977

Tom Bonfield

Baseball

2nd Team

1977

Ralph Nelson

Men's Basketball

1st Team

1978

Ralph Nelson

Men's Basketball

2nd Team

1982

John Kozak

Baseball

2nd Team

1998

Telica Philip

Women's Basketball

3rd Team

1999

Telica Philip

Women's Basketball

2nd Team

2010

Bruce Cutler

Men's Soccer

2nd Team

2013

Marcus Ruh*

Men's Basketball

1st Team

2014

Manuel Schoenhuber

Men's Soccer

2nd Team

2015

Matheus Assis

Men’s Swimming

2nd Team

2015

Marie Coors

Women’s Golf

2nd Team

2015

Guillaume Vanelven

Men’s Tennis

3rd Team

* - denotes Academic All-America of the Year honoree