June 5, 2019
Dana Del Genio selected as an Academic All-American by CoSIDA
Senior selected to Google Cloud National Third Team
SUNY Oneonta graduate Dana Del Genio has been selected by CoSIDA as a College Division Academic All-American in softball. The CoSIDA College Division is made up of all NCAA Division III members.
Del Genio is the 19th student athlete to earn national honors and only the second softball player to be recognized nationally. She was eligible for national honors after receiving First Team honors for a second straight year in District 3, which is made up of all the colleges in the state of New York. Each athlete is nominated by their respective Sports Information Offices who are members of CoSIDA.
“Dana is the ultimate student-athlete!” said Head Coach Sara Curran-Headley. “She set very high expectations for herself both on the field and in the classroom and was tremendously successful in both venues.”
Del Genio achieved a record-setting season and career for Oneonta. Del Genio led the Red Dragons in every offensive category while tying the single season record for hits with 60. She finished the season hitting .432, which is the second time of her career that she eclipsed the .400 mark. She scored a team best 39 runs while driving in another 26 runs, which was second on the squad. She was by far the leader with 93 total bases to set the single season record slugging a team high .669. She had an on-base percentage of .463, stole 10 bases and had an errorless season in center field on 39 total chances.
This spring, Del Genio was selected for a second consecutive year as a First Team All-Conference player and a First Team NFCA All-Region performer.
Overall, Del Genio set career marks for at-bats (506), runs (131), total bases (283) and slugging percentage (.559) while finishing second all-time in hits (193), home runs (12) and stolen bases (53).
As a 2019 graduate as a criminal justice major with a sociology minor, Del Genio finished with a 3.85 cumulative GPA. She was a three-time NFCA Scholar Athlete, four times named to the SUNYAC Academic Honor Roll, was recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith Award and was inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma national honor societies. This spring she received the Alpha Kappa Delta Departmental Recognition Award in Criminal Justice.
About the Academic All-America ® Program:
To be eligible for nomination at the district level, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
In May of 2018, CoSIDA entered into a partnership with Google Cloud and NCAA®, where Google Cloud became the title sponsor of the Academic All-America® Program. The agreement was developed in collaboration with the NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner Sports. In December 2017, Google Cloud became the NCAA’s official cloud provider, with the NCAA using Google Cloud’s machine learning, analytics and data services to better serve the needs of its colleges and universities, athletic teams, and fan base. As part of the collaboration, Google Cloud receives immediate entitlement of the program — the Google
Cloud Academic All-America® Program presented by CoSIDA — as well as for each of its individual programs, including the Academic All-America® and Academic All-District® Teams, Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year, the Academic All-Americas® of the Year and the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame. This Hall of Fame was established in 1988 to honor past Academic All-America student-athlete standouts who have gone on to outstanding achievements in their chosen professional careers. The Academic All-America® program has honored thousands of student-athletes since its inception in 1952. It encompasses all sports in which the NCAA conducts championships. There are four divisions in this national program, with NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III teams and a separate College Division program combining NAIA, Canadian and two-year school honorees. There are separate teams selected in football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track and field and cross-country. For student-athletes in other sports, such as swimming and diving, tennis, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse and more, they are eligible for the Academic All-America® men’s and women’s at-large programs. The Academic All-District® teams (in eight geographic districts) are voted on by the CoSIDA membership at large, with First Team selections advancing to the national Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. At that point, First Team, Second Team and Third Team Academic All-America® performers are chosen by vote of the CoSIDA Board of Directors, general membership and Academic All-America® Committee members.