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06-30-2015

Dual Sport Standout John Coleman of Clarkson University is Capital One Division III Academic All-America of the Year

The following news release is from the Capital One Academic All-America® program:

Austin, Texas – Standout Clarkson University men’s basketball and baseball player John Coleman of Clarkson University has been named as the 2014-15 Capital One Division III Academic All-America® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

John Coleman“I feel honored to be named the Capital One Division III Academic All-America® of the Year. I have only recently become aware of the existence of this award, and I can only imagine how much more honored I will feel after it has had some time to sink in. I would like to thank CoSIDA and Capital One for this tremendous recognition,” said Coleman, a senior from Potsdam, New York.

A mathematics major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Coleman was selected as the winner of the Capital One Division III Academic All-America® of the Year award for both men’s basketball and baseball for 2014-15. He was also the 2014-15 Liberty League Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
            
Coleman is just the third student-athlete to be named Academic All-America® of the Year in two different sports in the same academic year, joining Drew Golz of Wheaton College (Illinois) who won the award in baseball (2012) and men’s soccer (2011) and Cynthia Capp of West Virginia Wesleyan who earned the honor in volleyball (1990) and softball (1991).

“John Coleman truly embodies what it means to be a Division III student-athlete and a member of a team. He is a humble person who never wants to be in the spotlight, but today, I want to thank him for his leadership by example for all student-athletes,” said Steve Yianoukos, Clarkson University director of athletics

“A member of both varsity basketball and baseball, he puts the same hard work and dedication into his studies as he did on the court and on the field. He is truly one of those special student-athletes that only comes along every once in a while and all of us at Clarkson University are proud of him and for being recognized as the Capital One Division III Academic All-America® of the Year,” Yianoukos continued.

On the basketball court, Coleman became the Golden Knights' all-time leader in points (1,649), steals (219) and field goals made (752). A starter in 103 games, Coleman's career 16.4 points per game average was the highest in program history in nearly four decades. He led Clarkson and the league this season in scoring (17.1 per game), field goals made (198), field goal percentage (.540) and steals (2.0 per game). The Golden Knights reached the Liberty League tournament for two consecutive seasons, including an appearance in this season's league championship, where Clarkson finished the year at 20-7.

“John’s success in the classroom, on the basketball court, and on the baseball field is a testament to his character. He always works hard and strives to be the best. He is the definition of a true student-athlete. John is a well deserving recipient of the Capital One Division III Academic All-America® of the Year award,” said Jeff Gorski, Clarkson’s head men’s basketball coach.

On the baseball diamond, Coleman was named the 2015 Liberty League Player of the Year in baseball, earning first team all-league honors. He is a four-time all-league selection by the Liberty League.

Coleman led the Golden Knights with a .437 batting average (52-for-119) this season as Clarkson posted a 24-9 record. He scored 35 runs in 2015 with 16 RBI. The leadoff hitter for Clarkson, Coleman collected eight doubles and six triples as he compiled a .605 slugging percentage. He drew 15 walks this season and posted a .525 on-base percentage.  

Coleman leaves the Clarkson baseball program ranked second all-time in hits with 179 and is tied for seventh in program history in runs scored (108) and his career .352 batting average ranks sixth all-time.

"John Coleman is the perfect example of a dedicated student-athlete. His work ethic and accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom are the benchmarks for all student-athletes to strive for. The Capital One Division III Academic All-America® of the Year is certainly a prestigious honor and well deserved for John,” said Jim Kane, Clarkson head baseball coach.

The Capital One Division III Academic All-America ® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 Division III Academic All-America ® teams program.

About Capital One       
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $206.9 billion in deposits and $289.9 billion in total assets as of September 30, 2013. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.

About Clarkson University
Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

For more information:
Jeff Schwartz, North Dakota State University (Jeff.Schwartz@ndsu.edu)  (701) 231-8332
Academic All-America® Co-Chair for Publicity/Communications

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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