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February 22, 2010

2009-10 Season - Matt Pelton earns Academic All-American honor

The Augustana tradition in producing Academic All-Americans grew a little bigger today when senior Matt Pelton (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill. – now resides in Houston, Texas) was named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American team in men’s basketball. Pelton, a 6’ 3” guard, was a third team selection and one of just 15 players nationwide named to the elite squad.

Pelton has been a fixture in the Augustana lineup throughout his entire career, dating back to his freshman season in 2006-07. This year he has started all 25 games and is the team’s second leading scorer with an 11.9 average (298 points in 25 games). He has been in double figures in scoring this year a total of 14 times and he has 60 assists, 40 steals and two blocked shots and is shooting a crisp .828 (48-58) from the free throw line.

A year ago he was named to the all-conference team in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin as a second team performer. He was a third team all-conference selection as a sophomore. During his career he has played 108 games and is currently tied for third place on the school’s all-time list in that category. Pelton ranks in the top 10 in a total of four different categories. In addition to being third in games played, he is fifth in steals (136), seventh in three point field goal attempts (293) and ninth in three point field goals made (113). He has started the last 80 games of his Viking career and during that time has helped lead the team to a 57-23 overall record. He was a big contributor to Augustana’s conference championship and tournament title teams in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

While Pelton’s athletic pedigree is well documented, his academic acumen and community involvement resume rivals his work on the basketball court. He currently carries a 3.92 grade point average and will graduate Summa Cum Laude in May with degrees in accounting, finance and international business.

A Dean’s List student, he was recently awarded a prestigious internship from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. He has been a member of the academic all-conference team each of the previous three seasons and will make it again this season. He acted as an on-campus consultant for the Center of Communicative Sciences and Disorders in documenting accounting procedures in ways to improve current the current accounting system.

He was a member of Augustana’s Emerge leadership program and is the winner of both the Harold and Louise Swanson Scholarship from the Augustana business department and the S. James Galley Scholarship from the accounting department.

He has been nominated for the Jostens Award, which goes to the top player in NCAA Division III and is given to the student-athlete who best combines athletic, academic and community excellence. He also is a nominee for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

He is incredibly active in community events as well. He serves as the co-director of “Athletes Giving Back”, a service group on athletes that provides opportunities for members of the Quad City community to interact with Augustana athletes. He has been a four year member of A.G.B. and he has been active in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Pelton served as the site coordinator for the XStream River Clean Up and he has participated in events with Center for Active Seniors, Quad City Times Bix7 road race, Race for the Cure and the Children’s Miracle Network. He served as a staff volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Davenport, Iowa and helped document procedures for accounting practice. Pelton is on the Interfaith Understanding Committee and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He worked on the advertising campaign for the first ever “Fields of Faith”, a non-denominational gathering in the Fall of 2009 that attracted over 500 participants. He served as a committee member for the Erin Feis Irish Festival – Children’s Games in 2009.

In order to be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-American program, the individual student-athlete has to have a grade point average of at least 3.20 and be a starter or a significant contributor. The voting first takes place at the district level and the five first team members in each of the eight districts move to the national ballot. Augustana has long been a leader in producing Academic All-Americans and currently ranks sixth (in all divisions) in number of honorees since the program began in the early 1950’s. There have been 131 Vikings that have earned the impressive distinction of Academic All-American. In the ranking of NCAA Division III schools, Augustana trails only Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Matt is the son of Chris Pelton of St. Louis, Missouri and Colette Pelton of Houston, Texas.

Pelton’s selection is a continuation of the excellence shown by Augustana in producing Academic All-Americans, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), throughout the years. Pelton is the 132 nd student-athlete in Augustana history to win the prestigious honor. Currently, Augustana ranks sixth in the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans produced. The top 10 is as follows: (1) Nebraska – 271; (2) Notre Dame – 213; (3) Penn State – 162; (4) M.I.T. – 161; (5) Stanford – 140; (6) Augustana – 132; (7) Bucknell – 119; (8) Texas – 118; (9) Emory - 114; (10) UCLA – 113. He is the first Augustana men’s basketball player to win the honor since Aben Cooper in 1992-93.

2010 ESPN – THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YEAR

HOMETOWN

GPA

MAJOR

FIRST TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

Brock Bradford

Husson

Sr.

Kenduskeag, Maine

3.97

Accounting

Chris Handke

Cornell (Iowa)

Sr.

Bellevue, Iowa

3.91

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Aaron Hill

Rockhurst

Grad.

Canton, Missouri

3.84

Business Administration

Daniel McKeehan

Thomas More

Sr.

Maineville, Ohio

4.00

Economics/Business Finance

Austin Meier

Milwaukee Engineering

Jr

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

4.95

Architectural Engineering/Construction Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

Zach Ashworth

Scranton

Jr

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

3.87

Finance

John Hoch

Carroll

Sr

Colgate, Wisconsin

3.85

Physical Education

Andy O’Keefe

Grove City

Sr

Perry, Ohio

3.78

Math/Secondary Education

Cameron Smith

Washington

Sr

Noblesville, Indiana

4.00

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Aaron Trigg

Gordon

Sr

Overland Park, Kansas

3.80

Business Administration/Finance

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

MATT PELTON

AUGUSTANA

Sr

Bloomington, Illinois

3.92

Accounting/Finance & International Business

Andrew Dau

Simpson

Sr

Primghar, Iowa

3.97

Computer Science/Math

Steve Djurickovic

Carthage

Jr

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

3.49

Exercise and Sport Science

Eric Duerr

Case Western Reserve

Jr

Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

3.98

Biology (Pre-Medicine)

Scott Rodgers

Texas-Dallas

Grad

The Woodlands, Texas

3.81

Business Administration

 

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR: Daniel McKeehan, Thomas More