NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard placed a program record 12 cadet-athletes on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Football Academic All-conference team.
The Bears previous high in the NEWMAC were nine players named to the team in 2017.
Seniors Austin Haynia (Civil Engineering), Miguel Moroles (Civil Engineering) and Mark Wicke (Mechanical Engineering) all earned NEWMAC All-Academic honors for the third straight season.
Juniors Alex Bellan (Electrical Engineering) and Andre Horner (Operations Research and Computer Analysis) were named to the team for the second straight season.
Senior Scott Pierce (Electrical Engineering) and juniors Ryley Alaspa (Electrical Engineering) and Nate Ralph (Operations Research and Computer Analysis) were named to the team for the first time.
Sophomores Jay Griffin (Operations Research and Computer Analysis), Damaso Jaime (Management), Adam Jibril-Barnes (Cyber Systems) and Michael Palermo (Operations Research and Computer Analysis) were also named to the team in their first year of eligibility for the honor.
Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2019 spring semester, achieved second year academic status at his institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference consists of 11 highly selective institutions committed to academic excellence: Babson College, Clark University, U.S Coast Guard Academy, Emerson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The Catholic University of America, Maine Maritime Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Norwich University are associate members in the sport of football.