INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Former Saint Leo University cross country runner Ken Corigliano has been chosen to represent the Sunshine State Conference as a member of the NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team. He joins Barry University's tennis standout Anna Hallbergson as the male and female representatives from the SSC.
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of NCAA Division II, Corigliano and Hallbergson are two of just 48 former student-athletes set to be honored by the NCAA throughout 2013. Developed through a partnership with the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team highlights one male and one female from each of the division's 23 current conferences, plus two at-large nominees.
Corigliano ran cross country at Saint Leo from 2002-06. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the institution in 2006 with a dual major in International Relations and Political Science. A six-time Saint Leo President's Club member, Corigliano was a four-year ROTC scholarship winner.
"This group of former student-athletes is meant to reflect the core values of Division II athletics," said Josh Looney, associate director of Division II. "Commissioners have helped identify a diverse group of championship individuals from Division II's 40-year history. Not only did these former student-athletes act as champions in athletics and in the classroom, they've gone on to live championship lives as well.
Since leaving the university, he has gone on to tremendous success serving in the United States Air Force. In 2009, he was selected as the Chief of US Official Government Travel Intelligence Operations for all official US Government international dignitary travel. He was also named "Officer of the Year" for the 89th Airlift Wing, Home of Air Force One, in that same year. In 2011, Corigliano was a nominee for the Lance P. Sijan Award, the Air Force's highest award. He was presented with a Commendation Medal for his achievements during combat deployment in both 2009 and 2011.
Despite his demanding career, Corigliano has remained an active athlete, participating in numerous triathlons. In 2007, he was named the Air Force Athlete of the Year. The following year, he logged two Triathlon World Championship competition finishes and received a letter of nomination to the US Olympic Triathlon Team. Also in 2008, he was appointed United State Department of Defense Liaison for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. In 2011, he was a double gold medalist at the Armed Forces Triathlon Championships.
Away from his Armed Forces career and athletic competitions, Corigliano also found time to earn his Masters of International Relations from Webster University in 2009, graduating with a 3.69 GPA. He has served as a volunteer coach for youth triathlon and swim teams.
"This group is a true representation of Division II's commitment to providing its student-athletes a 'Life in the Balance' that extends beyond athletics."
Division II gained its own unique intercollegiate athletics identity when Divisions I, II and III were formalized during a special NCAA Convention held in 1973. Prior to 1973, the NCAA was organized into two divisions––"University" and "College."
The year-long 40th Anniversary celebration will feature a number of initiatives branded by Division II's tradition, history and community influence. A special 40th Anniversary highlight video was unveiled to Division II membership during the 2013 NCAA Convention, officially kicking off the celebration.
Each member of the Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team will receive a commemorative 40th Anniversary gift and is slated to have his/her accomplishments profiled through Division II media channels.
Conferences were asked to submit a list of nominees representative of Division II's ideals. The only requirement was that nominees exhausted their athletics eligibility within the past 40 years and attended a college or university active in Division II.