CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC senior third baseman Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) was named to the America East All-Academic Team for the third straight year, the conference office announced on Thursday afternoon.
Schickner, who also earned the selection as a sophomore and junior, joined Albany's Greg Lutton and Stony Brook's Tyler Johnson as the only members of this year's team to be a three-time honoree.
After a down year at the plate in 2011, the veteran infielder came back as a senior and produced a career year, setting new highs at the plate. Schickner finished second on the team in batting average (.307) and on-base percentage (.395), third in RBIs (33) and fifth in hits (50), all of which were career marks. In addition, he led UMBC with eight stolen bases as the Retrievers stole 53 bases as a team, the most since the 1991 team set the school record with 75.
In the classroom, Schickner continued his academic success, graduating in May after accumulating a 3.60 grade-point- average (GPA) and earning a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in Writing. Over the course of his four years in Baltimore, Schickner was honored on the President's List for having a perfect 4.0 GPA twice to go along with multiple Dean's List recognitions and Semester Academic Honors.
In addition, Schickner served as the president of UMBC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) this year while also serving as the America East representative to the NCAA Division I SAAC.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the fourth straight year, America East has chosen the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisers and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.