FAIRFIELD, CT (July 7, 2011) - Sacred Heart graduate student Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) was named the 2011 Northeast Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year announced by the league in addition to the 2011 Spring Academic and Commissioner's Honor Rolls. Sacred Heart has 93 student-athletes earn a spot on the NEC Academic Honor Roll and 18 student-athletes garner NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll honors.
The 2011 NEC spring academic honor roll consists of 874 student-athletes across 10 league-sponsored spring sports with a 3.20 or better grade point average. Likewise, the league released it's 197-member Commissioner's Honor Roll comprised of student-athletes with a 3.75 or higher grade point average. In order to qualify for a Scholar-Athlete award, winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.
Over the course of the 2010-11 academic year, a record 2,293 student-athletes landed a spot on the Academic Honor Roll. That figure represents more than half the NEC's competitors. On the year, 510 student-athletes were named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, also an all-time high for the Conference. Sacred Heart saw 281 of its student-athletes over the course of the three seasons earn academic honor roll accolades. 48 SHU athletes were named to the NEC Commissioner's list.
Tedesco is the fourth Pioneer to win a NEC Scholar-Athlete award this season, joining Kim DeLoreto (Hillsdale, NJ), who won the Women's Cross Country and Women's Indoor Track & Field awards, and Bertony Jean-Louis (Norwalk, CT) who won the Men's Indoor Track & Field honor.
Tedesco wins this spring's baseball honor after he helped lead the Pioneers to their second NEC championship. The first team All-NEC outfielder finished second on the Pioneers and seventh in the league with a .337 average. He also ranked in the NEC top-10 in stolen bases (second with 16), hits (sixth with 68), runs scored (ninth with 39) and doubles (tenth with 13), and drove in 26 runs. Tedesco hit .333 and scored five runs in the NEC Tournament, then rapped out three hits in two NCAA Tournament games. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-District second team, adding to his three All-District selections in football. The two-sport athlete ranks among the NEC top-five all-time in nearly every receiving category and was a three-time All-Conference performer on the gridiron. Tedesco, a History major who hails from Mission Viejo, CA, posted a 3.62 undergraduate grade point average and carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in his graduate studies.
He also led a field of 18 Pioneers on the Commissioner's Honor Roll being joined by Josh Salah (Gloucester, MA), Andrew Strom (Endwell, NY) and Kyle Watzich of the men's golf team, Jinal Shah (Mombasa, Kenya) and Chris Ujkic (Mattituck, NY) from men's tennis, Scott Kasper (East Longmeadow, MA) and Matthew Lyhne (Wethersfield, CT) of men's track & field, Jennifer Clinton (Sayville, NY) of women's golf, Alyssa Dorsey (Massapequa, NY) and Nicole Messina (Smithtown, NY) from women's lacrosse, Delaney Downing (Englewood, CO), Elizabeth Harrington (Westerly, RI), Gabriela Kaldan (New Brunswick, NJ) and Margert Tooley (Cheshire, CT) from women's tennis and Brittany Dexter (Ballston Lake, NY), Amber Edwards (Hamden, CT) and Bonnie Kilis (Marlborough, CT) from women's track & field.