Eight Lions Named WCC Spring All-Academic
Octet brings LMU total to 18 conference all-academic selections in 2008-09
June 17, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the conclusion of the 2008-09 academic year, the West Coast Conference on Wednesday announced the 2009 Spring All-Academic teams. Eight student-athletes from Loyola Marymount were among the group honored, bringing LMU's year-long total to 18. LMU's eight spring All-Academic selections include five from the baseball team and one each from men's golf, men's tennis, and women's tennis.
The 2009 WCC Spring All-Academic teams honor some of the league's finest examples of the consummate scholar-athlete. At the completion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each of the participating sponsored sports. In the spring season, the WCC sponsors baseball, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, and men's and women's tennis.
"I am extremely proud of all of our WCC Spring All-Academic team members," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovch. "This is truly a unique group that has been able to balance athletics and academics at a high level and represent the core values of all of our member institutions."
T.J. Bernardy, Ernie Cho, Will Dugoni, Ollie Enos, and Ryan Wheeler were the five LMU baseball players selected, the most from any WCC school. Together, they helped the Lions to the program's first winning season since 2005 and a berth in the WCC Championship Series. Bernardy (Newport Beach, Calif.) hit .316 and was an Honorable Mention All-WCC selection as the team's catcher before graduating in May with a 3.20 GPA and a degree in Business Administration. Cho (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) also graduated in May with a degree in Business Administration, posting a 3.38 GPA in the classroom and a 2-5 record in 15 appearances on the mound. Will Dugoni (Fremont, Calif.) completed his junior year with a 3.30 GPA in Business Administration while making 27 appearances as a utility player. Ollie Enos (Charlottesville, Va.) was the Lions' third-leading hitter with a .320 average, 13 doubles, and 31 RBI. He also graduated this past May, earning a degree in Sociology with a 3.28 GPA. Ryan Wheeler (Torrance, Calif.) completes the baseball quintet, having just completed his junior year with a 3.42 GPA in Business Administration. Wheeler was the second of five LMU players to be drafted by Major League Baseball last week, going in the fifth round to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wheeler was a CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-WCC First Team selection this year after hitting .319 with 20 doubles, nine home runs, and 48 RBI. This was Wheeler's second appearance on the All-Academic team.
Greg Moss (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) represented the Lions among the men's golf selections. The 2009 WCC Mike Gilleran Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA All-District selection, Moss won the WCC Golf Championship, advancing to the NCAA Regionals, and earning WCC First Team All-Conference honors while helping the Lions to a second place team finish. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.85 GPA and a degree in economics this past May.
Juniors Nicholas Von Der Ahe (Park City, Utah) and Jane Pringle (Bedford, South Africa) were the LMU selections from the tennis programs. Von Der Ahe makes his second appearance on the All-Academic team, having also been selected last year. A Second Team All-WCC honoree in doubles, Von Der Ahe carries a 3.78 GPA as a Chemistry major. Pringle was 13-14 overall in singles for the Lions, going 7-4 at the #4 spot. She is a Communication Studies major with a 3.68 GPA.
In total, 72 student-athletes from the eight member schools were honored. To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a significant contributor to his or her team, have at least sophomore athletic and academic standing with at least one year in residence completed at the nominating institution, and participate in at least 50 percent of the institution's completed contests.