Nicholas Giordano ‘19 receives prestigious SUNYAC award

June 21, 2019

Nicholas Giordano receives prestigious Dr. Sam Molnar Award from the SUNYAC

Culminating honor for recent graduate

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced today that 2019 graduate Nicholas Giordano is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Sam Molnar Award. The annual award is in recognition of a senior athlete who has the most outstanding combination of academic and athletic achievement and is the highest award the conference bestows on a student athlete. The winner is selected by the conference’s Sports Information Directors.

The award was named to honor the late Dr. Sam Molnar, who was the Director of Athletics at Potsdam for over 30 years. He also coached various sports during this period. He served as SUNYAC President during the 1962-63 and 1963-64 years.

Giordano was the starting goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team for the past two seasons and earned accolades for his accomplishments in the classroom and on the pitch. Giordano is the sixth male in school history to earn the honor and the first since wrestler Josh Wake was selected in 2008-09.

“I am honored to be recognized with the Dr. Sam Molnar Award,” said Giordano. “I am grateful to have attended SUNY Oneonta and to have played in the SUNYAC. The university and the conference gave so much to me, allowing me to push myself both academically and athletically. It was an incredible experience.”

Giordano is employed at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in New York, NY. FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of broker-dealers. FINRA is not part of the government. They are a not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the broker-dealer industry operates fairly and honestly.

Giordano academic accolades this past year included selection to the Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team for men’s soccer becoming the fifth student athlete to earn First Team honors. He appeared on the national ballot after earning honors on the District 3 First Team. District 3 is made up of all the colleges in the state of New York.

Head Coach Iain Byrne stated, “The awards for Nick just keep on arriving, and they are testament to the impact he made on our soccer program, our Business Economics Department, and the SUNYAC Conference.”

Giordano stepped into the starting goalkeeper position after transferring to Oneonta last fall. In his two seasons with the Red Dragons, he played and started 35 games logging nearly 3,300 minutes. He put together an overall record of 21-5-8 with a goals against of 0.77 recording 14 shutouts. In 2017, Giordano was selected as an All-SUNYAC and All-Region performer.

Academically, Giordano graduated with a 4.0 GPA majoring in Economics. He received the Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence along with being named to the SUNY Oneonta Provost’s List and SUNYAC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

He is the founder and owner of the Giordano Goalkeeping Academy, which he started in 2014 and he has interned at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and First Standard Financial.

The Red Dragons finished the season with an overall record of 10-4-5 while qualifying for the SUNYAC tournament advancing to the semifinal round.