Three Lions earn Capital One Academic All-America honors

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Headlined by wrestler Matt Brown's (West Valley City, Utah) first-team laurels, a trio of Nittany Lions earned 2013 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large selections from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In addition to Brown's honor, field hockey standout Kelsey Amy (Sweet Valley, Pa.) earned second-team recognition, while women's lacrosse midfielder Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J.) garnered third-team accolades.

With the addition of the three at-large selections, Penn State boasts 181 all-time Academic All-America honorees, the third highest total among NCAA Division I institutions. In 2012-13, six Nittany Lion student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America honors as the three at-large selections joined Julian Cardona (men's soccer) and football's first-team members Pete Massaro and John Urschel.

The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.

The first Nittany Lion wrestler to earn Capital One Academic All-America® honors since 1999 (Glenn Pritzlaff), Brown posted a nearly-perfect 3.97 grade-point average this year. The crime, law and justice major entered the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championship as the Big Ten champion at 174 and the No. 2 seed overall. He went 4-1 and advanced to the National Finals to end the year as national runner-up and an All-American.

Brown was the 2013 Big Ten champion at 174 and ended his year with a 29-5 mark with eight pins, two technical falls and seven major decisions. Brown, who owns a 56-7 career record, was presented with the prestigious Elite 89 Award after the championship finals at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 23, in Des Moines, Iowa, as Penn State won its third straight NCAA team title. He received that award for being the most outstanding student-athlete competing at the 2013 championships with the highest GPA at the event. Brown was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a first-team Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

A third-team Academic All-America ® recipient last season, Amy was named a first-team NFHCA All-American for the second consecutive year and earned her fourth nod to the NFHCA National Academic Squad. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Amy was named to the All-Mideast Region First Team for the fourth straight year and earned first-team All-Big Ten for the third time in her career.

The Sweet Valley, Pa., native was named the Big Ten tournament MVP for the second consecutive year and helped the Nittany Lions to back-to-back conference titles. Amy ended the year with 24 goals and 12 assists for 60 points. In her career as a Lion, the forward recorded 76 goals and 24 assists for 176 points with 16 game-winning goals, five of which were scored during the 2012 season. Amy ended her career ranked third in career goals and career points, while sitting 10th in single-season goals and finishing tied for eighth in single-season points.

The first women's lacrosse Academic All-American® since 1989 (Rebecca Vaughan), Coffey helped lead the seventh-ranked women's lacrosse team to its second straight NCAA quarterfinal appearance and the program's most wins (14) since the 1999 season. The Toms River, N.J., native finished the 2013 campaign ranked third on the team in assists (11), fourth in points (39), draw controls (33) and ground balls (26) and tied for fourth in caused turnovers (17).

The communications major, who earned a 4.0 grade-point average, set career highs in both assists and ground balls, while becoming one of five Nittany Lions to record double-digit totals in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. The sophomore added 28 goals and was one of two student-athletes to record at least one point in each of Penn State's 21 games.

During the 2012-13 academic year, the Nittany Lions posted another successful year in the classroom as a school-record 296 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades. In addition, eight Penn State squads were recently awarded NCAA Public Recognition Awards for earning high marks in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation. The eight honored teams are Penn State's second-highest total in the eight years of the NCAA Public Recognition Award, trailing only the nine honored squads from 2009-10.  

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Last Updated June 07, 2013