|Capozzi Named to Capital One Academic All-America First Team|
PURCHASE, N.Y. – Senior men's tennis star Michael Capozzi (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/San Judas Tadeo) added one more history-making feather in his cap to conclude his celebrated Valiant career this week, earning Capital One Academic All-America recognition for the second straight year with a spot on the Division III Men's At-Large first team, as selected and announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday afternoon.
With the select honor, Capozzi becomes the first student-athlete ever at Manhattanville to earn multiple Academic All-American honors, with this year's award coming a year after earning the department's first in 27 years (and third overall) in 2011. He also is only the second student-athlete in Manhattanville history to earn first-team Academic All-America honors as well, joining Jackie Jamieson '84 (softball first team in 1984) in that very select group.
Capozzi is one of 15 Division III athletes to earn a spot on the Men's At-Large first team and is one of five players to make the jump up to the first team after an Academic All-America second-team selection a year ago. The first student-athlete in program history to earn the honor in the ultra competitive at-large category, Capozzi beat out athletes from the following other men's sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
"Michael has the total package," stated head men's tennis coach Albie Collins. "He is an outstanding student, a great tennis player and sportsman, and a leader who inspires others around him to excel with his never-ending class, determination and accomplishments."
In the classroom, Capozzi has been an incredibly impressive performer as a sociology and finance double major with an Italian minor, ending the spring semester with his sixth straight 4.00 semester GPA to give him a spectacular 3.98 cumulative GPA over four years. He racked up every award imaginable this year, including Middle Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Manhattanville Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while also earning the school's Castle Pin honor and his eighth straight spot on the Dean's List. In addition, Capozzi earned the Athletic Department's 2011 Humanitarian of the Year award for his extensive charity work in his native Dominican Republic.
Capozzi also had an unparalleled career on the courts for Manhattanville as well. He finished his career as the second player in department history (and first male) to earn three straight conference Player of the Year awards and also earned four straight All-Freedom Conference first-team honors. At the conclusion of his decorated four-year career, he leaves as the school's all-time leader in singles victories (64), doubles victories (61) and overall wins (125).
"Throughout his college career Michael has been the model student-athlete," said assistant coach David Slater. "His academics and his contribution to the tennis team have always been of the highest order. Michael deserves this and any other honor he receives. Manhattanville tennis will sorely miss Michael's presence next year but we wish him every success with his future."