Matt Killen named First Team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American


Matt Killen named First Team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | by First Newberry golfer to earn CoSIDA national honor

TOWSON, Md. - Newberry College men's golfer Matt Killen has been named a First Team Division II at-large Capital One Academic All-American as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday.

Killen and women's golfer Maria Luz Besio are Newberry's first-ever at large Academic All-Americans. He is one of three golfers on the men's at large first team and one of two South Atlantic Conference student-athletes on the first team.

With Killen and Besio's honors, Newberry has had at least one Academic All-American in four consecutive academic years, marking a school record. There are now nine Newberry Academic All-Americans, with six in the last four years. Killen and Besio are the first pair of first teamers in the same year. Newberry is one of three schools in Division II with both a men's and women's first teamer on the at-large teams, as well as Barry University (Fla.) and the University of Indianapolis.

Killen (Yorkshire, England) graduated summa cum laude in May with a bachelor of science in business management. He was a member of the Bachman Honors Society and was presented with an award for the highest grade point average in the business administration department with a 3.96 GPA.

He was a Cleveland Golf/Srixon GCAA All-America Scholar in 2011 and had a 74.0 stroke average in his senior season in 21 rounds. He had a 74.6 career stroke average in 61 rounds. He tied for 6th at the Magnolia Collegiate Invitational and finished in the top 20 of six of his seven events this year. In the first round of his junior season, he established a then-Newberry record with a 65 at the Rutgers Invitational. He participated in the NCAA Division II Super Regional and was a member of the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinalist team in 2011.

The Capital One Division II Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 D-II Academic All-America® teams program.

The Capital One Academic All-America Division II Men's At-Large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.

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 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

[Division II At-Large Academic All-America Teams]

Newberry College All-Time Academic All-Americans

YearSportHonoreeTeam
1982FootballMark Weeks2nd
2002Track & Field/XCBrandon Downey3rd
2002SoftballKatey Satcher1st
2009Women's BasketballLaura Marquardt1st
2009FootballBrandon Gantt2nd
2010Women's BasketballAnita Bulcher1st
2011SoftballChelsie Hilbourn3rd
2012Women's At Large (Golf)Maria Luz Besio1st
2012Men's At Large (Golf)Matt Killen1st