It was an odd year for athletics, this the year of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic-shortened seasons. Still, the resolve shown by the Stanford Cardinal student-athletes have seen multiple postseason academic honors, for their work not only on the court, in the stadium or on the field.
Their work in the classroom has paid off, and as such, we’re here to highlight all the postseason academic honors won by your various Stanford student-athletes.
NABC Honors Court
The men’s basketball team had Daniel Begovich, Oscar da Silva, Rodney Herenton, Kodye Pugh, Isaac White and Bryce Willis all named to the NABC Honors Court. Stanford’s six players selected here were more than double any other Pac-12 school on the list.
Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team
They were also given the Team Academic Excellence Award by the NABC, being selected as just one of three Pac-12 teams to win such an honor
Field Hockey’s Kelsey Bing named America East Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Bing rounded out her terrific career by being selected as the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year after finishing with a 3.95 GPA and graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team among many other honors.
Track & Field sends 17 to the All-Academic team
That’s right, 17 different athletes from the track & field teams were selected to the US Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic teams. Nine Cardinal men and eight Cardinal women were among those honored,
Men’s Volleyball star Moye awarded a postgraduate scholarship
Stephen Moye, a 2020 graduate, was awarded the NCAA’s postgraduate scholarship, becoming just the eighth Stanford player in program history to receive the honor. He was joined by men’s gymnast David Jessen and men’s swimming standout Matt Anderson as recipients this year.
Women’s water polo sends 14 to ACWPC All-Academic Team
That’s just one shy of the program record and the women’s water polo team now has sent at least 10 players to the ACWPC All-Academic Team for the 12th year in a row. They also finished with a 3.49 team GPA, the ninth-best score in the country.
Volleyball honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award
The trio of men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball and the beach volleyball teams were recognized with the AVCA Team Academic Award. Given to those in the highest standing in the classroom, this marks the sixth straight year for the women’s indoor team, the ninth time in men’s indoor history and the beach volleyball team’s sixth straight season of being awarded the honor.
Men’s Swimming & Diving has 13 named Scholar All-Americans
Student-athletes honored with a GPA above 3.5 but still had to be selected from 209 different universities and among 1,479 different swimmers and divers. Stanford had 13 players selected based on that criteria as well as the fact that they also had to be invited to the NCAA championships as well. What an honor.
Women’s Swimming & Diving sends 18 to Scholar All-American honors
Even more! The women’s team had 18 student-athletes earn a 3.5 GPA or higher and be invited to the NCAA championships. The Stanford women also had a nationally-ranked 15 first-team selections, the most in the Pac-12 by far.
Stanford women’s and men’s tennis teams combine for 18 ITA Scholar-Athlete honors
The women’s and men’s teams were honored both as teams and individually as they each took the honor for the ITA All-Academic Team award, the 16th in men’s program history and the sixth time in as many years for the women’s program. There were 11 individual honors for the men’s team and another seven individual honors for the women’s squad.
List of Postgraduate Scholarships
Stanford had a couple of the Pac-12 conference’s postgraduate scholarships that were awarded for the 2019-20 academic year. Bailey Perez of the men’s soccer program and Michelle Xiao of the women’s soccer team were awarded the postgraduate scholarships and were subsequently joined by men’s volleyball player Stephen Moye. To be considered and selected for the postgraduate scholarships, student-athletes must have a minimum GPA of 3.00, completed the final year of their eligibility in all sports, been accepted into a graduate or professional program, performed with distinction at the varsity sports level and exemplified behavior, both in competition and beyond, in a manner that ‘brought credit to the student athlete, institution and collegiate athletics’ among other criterion.
Congratulations to all the Cardinal members who were honored for their work in the classroom during what could only be described as unprecedented times that we currently are living within.