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Student-Athletes Bring National Attention to Trinity

By James Hill ’76

D’Ann Arthur

March 2009 – Trinity University’s student-athletes are bringing national prominence to the University, not only by winning games and national championships, but also by garnering academic honors from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and other organizations. In fact, Trinity is ranked in the top 10 Division III schools in NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.

This spring, six Trinity student-athletes have received a range of NCAA scholarships or Academic All-America honors from ESPN The Magazine, under the direction of College Sports Information Directors of America.

Trinity’s Athletic Director Bob King believes Trinity’s high quality student-athletes bring well-deserved recognition to the University. “Academic awards for student-athletes are very important to the athletic department and the University. The awards verify for me that coaches are recruiting student-athletes who are highly motivated academically. I want our student-athletes to compete athletically and academically on the national level. These awards bring national attention to Trinity.”

Among the honored student-athletes is senior cross country runner D’Ann Arthur of Bedford, Texas. She was awarded a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, one of only three cross-country runners in the nation to earn the scholarship.

Ms. Arthur, who plans to attend medical school, is the 29th Trinity student-athlete to receive the prestigious award. “Getting the NCAA postgraduate scholarship really meant a lot to me,” said Ms. Arthur, who was a key member of the Tiger women’s cross country team which finished sixth in the nation. “I have wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor since I was in junior high, and receiving this scholarship will definitely help me make this dream come true.

“Beyond the financial benefits of the scholarship, I was really honored to receive the award, because it’s based not just on athletic achievement, but academic achievement as well. Athletics has really become part of who I am. I cannot imagine my life without running or being active in some sort of way. I know that I can always depend on athletics to help give me balance in my life.”

Emily Loeffler

Emily Loeffler of San Antonio was awarded the NCAA ethnic minority scholarship and Megan Guest of Richmond, Texas, received the women’s award. Both are seniors.

Ms. Loeffler became Trinity’s first All-American – male or female –  in cross-country. She also earned All-America honors in track and field. Ms. Loeffler, who has also received accolades from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), is majoring in business administration, with a concentration in marketing and management. She plans on attending either the University of Texas at San Antonio, studying health and kinesiology, or the University of Houston for exercise science to prepare for a career as a cross country/track and field coach at the collegiate level.

“I have built up a passion for running and from that have become a successful Division III athlete thanks to great coaching and support from family and those I surrounded myself with. I was also able to get involved in great activities such as the Student Athletic Advisory Council along with the Intramural Department and was able to hopefully make a difference in both of those aspects,” she said. On March 14, Ms. Loeffler garnered her third All-America award, placing fifth in the women’s 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Terre Haute, Ind.

Ms. Guest, a defensive specialist on the Tiger volleyball team, was selected for the All-SCAC First Team and the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-South Region Honorable Mention Team.

She is majoring in sociology and plans to continue at Trinity with the Master of Arts in Teaching program to be a high school social studies teacher and volleyball coach. She then plans to move to the collegiate level.

“Sports are a huge passion in my life,” said Ms. Guest. “This scholarship will allow me to continue that feeling by helping other young women. Trinity has helped me grow as a person, prioritize my life in the right ways, and give me a wider and more open mind about life.”

Krista Prato Matthews

The Academic All-America program is conducted by a nationwide vote of sports information directors. Candidates are divided into University and College Divisions, and All-District Teams are first selected. The All-District honorees then have a chance to compete to become a national Academic All-American.

Three from Trinity earned this honor, including senior Krista Prato Matthews of Davis, Calif. As the SCAC and Trinity’s all-time women’s basketball rebounding leader, she was selected for the Academic All-America Third Team.

“Academics are something that I take very seriously and it is often difficult to balance them with playing sports,” said Ms. Prato Matthews, a biology major, with a minor in business administration. A multi-sport athlete, Ms. Prato Matthews was also elected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Team, in softball.

Junior Alex Leamy, a midfielder on the women’s soccer team, also made the Academic All-America Third Team. Ms. Leamy, from Loveland, Ohio, is an engineering science major.

Senior Edward Cartee, a senior defender on the Tiger men’s soccer team, was elected to the Academic All-America Third Team, and is majoring in history. He hails from Oak Ridge, N.C.


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