Wheeling Jesuit senior receives Academic All-American award in Chicago

  WJU News
  Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:47 PM
  WJU News, Athletics

Wheeling, WV

Martin Minuzzi, a senior midfielder on the men's soccer team, recently returned from Chicago after attending the National Soccer Coaches Association annual convention. He was honored by this organization for his Academic All-American Award. Along with helping his team advance to the Mountain East Conference (MEC) title match in November, he also led the team in scoring this past season. Minuzzi was also named All-Conference and All-Region. 

Minuzzi is the first men's soccer player in school history to receive the honor, and just the fourth student-athlete in Wheeling Jesuit history to be tabbed an Academic All-American. 

To qualify for the Academic All-American honors, student-athletes must have been selected to the all-district first-team and be maintaining a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. 

Minuzzi is an international student from Cordoba, Argentina and will graduate this May with a bachelor's degree in business. In addition to being a student-athlete, he also completed many hours of community service throughout the local Wheeling area. Specifically, he volunteered with the Gabriel Project of West Virginia, a non-profit organization that helps low-income women and children in need. Minuzzi plans to return home and start his career in business after graduating. 

"My recent trip to Chicago was an incredible experience. I am an international student so I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was convinced by a couple of friends and Coach Regan to attend. During the convention, there were a lot of different activities and shows that take place, but I was invited specifically to the All-American award ceremony. It was a unique feeling to be with all these other student-athletes from other divisions and levels of education," said Minuzzi.

"At the beginning of the ceremony, several people spoke to all of us to congratulate and encourage us to be an example for those around us. Then, we were awarded. I was amazed by how many people were there to receive this recognition. I felt proud to represent my family, my team and Wheeling Jesuit University at the ceremony."

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.   

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