March 24, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's University had a total of 142 student-athletes receive the BIG EAST All-Academic team distinction for the 2009-2010 academic year, all of whom were honored at halftime during Red Storm men's basketball games last month.
To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, earned a varsity letter, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters of academic work.
In addition to the conference's All-Academic Team, 19 other student-athletes from men's and women's fencing teams, which do not participate in BIG EAST Conference play, also met the academic criteria for the award.
The athletes who were recognized span across the majority of St. John's 17 varsity teams. The student-athletes were acknowledged for their outstanding achievements by Director of Athletics, Chris Monasch, Dr. Robert Mangione, Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and the faculty athletic representative, as well as, Director of Academic Support Services, Eric Rienecker.
The athletes were presented for acknowledgement at halftime of the men's basketball game against Pitt at Madison Square Garden on February 19, as well as the men's basketball game against DePaul at Carnesecca Arena on February 23.
Since 2006, the number of student-athletes above a 3.0 GPA grows each year. Last year, 11 teams achieved a 3.0 or higher team GPA. For a full list of all of the student-athletes, please click here.