Hansberry CoSIDA All-AmericanUW-River Falls men’s hockey player Derek Hansberry has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) ESPN The Magazine third At-Large team for the 2008-09 season.
By: UW-RF Sports Information, River Falls Journal
UW-River Falls men’s hockey player Derek Hansberry has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) ESPN The Magazine third At-Large team for the 2008-09 season.
This is the second time in Hansberry’s four-year career at UW-RF that he has been named to the At-Large team. He was also named to the third team in 2006-07.
Hansberry, from Arvada, Colo., is the ninth Falcon student-athlete to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Brian Izdepski (1995, football first team); Mike Olson (1991, football first team); Bob Kotecki (1986, men’s basketball honorable mention); Brian Keller (1986, wrestling (at large honorable mention); Rob Novak (2004, hockey at large second team), Melissa Tvrdik (2004, volleyball third team), Garrett Duncanson (2006 men’s track and field second team) and Krista Hasselquist (2008 women’s track and field second team) have also earned the honor.
The CoSIDA team is comprised of all NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA student-athletes from the United States and Canada.
Hansberry, who has a 3.88 grade point average and is majoring in business finance, was named the WIAC and NCHA Scholar-Athlete in 2009. He is a three-time member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Scholastic Honor Roll and two-time honoree on the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) All-Academic squad. In addition, he has been recognized on UW-RF’s dean’s list numerous semesters.
Hansberry is a two-time USCHO.com All-America West Second Team honoree, claiming recognition in 2007 and 2008. He was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association/RBK All-America West Second Team in 2007 and USCHO.com West All-Rookie Team in 2006. He is a four-time All-NCHA first team pick and three-time All-WIAC first team selection. He was named his team’s Most Valuable Player in 2006.
Hansberry, 6-0, 197 pounds, led the Falcons in goals (16) and points (25) in 2009. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, the John Oostendorp Memorial award and the Jack Norqual, Sr., Memorial Coaches Achievement awards winner in 2009. He finished his career at UW-RF fourth in goals (74) and 12th in points (131).
Hansberry was also named to the WIAC’s All-Sportsmanship Team in 2009. That team is for individuals who displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. A team captain this season, Hansberry is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Societies.
The Academic All-America program honors male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.
To be eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-American team, a student-athletes 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 standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.