|Senior Michael Capozzi Named MAC Scholar Athlete of the Year|
ANNVILLE, Pa. – As he nears the end of a stellar four-year career on the court and in the classroom, senior Michael Capozzi (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/San Judas Tadeo) received one of the highest honors bestowed by the Middle Atlantic Conferences as he was named the MAC Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
The MAC selects one player in each sport to receive the exclusive Scholar-Athlete award, recognizing one senior between the Freedom and Commonwealth Conferences who best combines excellence on the playing field and in the classroom. To be nominated for the award, a senior must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) and must provide a meaningful contribution to his or her team. The winner is determined based half on academic record and half on athletic prowess.
When combining academics and athletics, Capozzi has put together a nearly unparalleled Valiant career. He entered his final semester with a cumulative 3.978 grade-point average as a finance major with dual minors in sociology and Italian, the highest GPA of any current Manhattanville student-athlete with at least four semesters completed. He was named the department's first CoSIDA Academic All-American in 27 years as a junior after previously earning All-District first-team honors, and will earn his third straight spot on the MAC Spring Academic Honor Roll when the honorees are released later this season.
The senior has been just as successful on the courts for Manhattanville. He is the reigning two-time Freedom Conference Player of the Year and just the fourth Valiant in program history to record more than one conference Player of the Year honor. A three-year All-Freedom Conference first-team honoree, he has posted a combined 21-1 singles record and a 19-2 doubles record in conference play entering this weekend, while also earning five titles in four years at the MAC Individual Championships. Capozzi is the program's all-time winningest player by a large margin, having set school records for career singles victories (62), doubles wins (61) and total wins (123). In addition, he also was named the Athletic Department's "Humanitarian of the Year" in 2011 for his extensive charity work in his native Dominican Republic.
Capozzi joins senior Emil Sjoberg of the men's soccer team as MAC Scholar-Athletes for the 2011-12 school year, bringing the number of Valiants to earn the exclusive honor to three since joining the conference in 2007-08.