Tabisz Named to CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America Second Team

From Sports Information Director, June 7, 2011 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College senior hockey player Nick Tabisz has been named to the second team of the Capital One At-Large Academic All-America squad, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It marked the second consecutive year Tabisz was a second-team at-large Academic All-America selection.

Tabisz, a Kettering, Ohio, native, owns a 3.77 grade point average with a major in mathematics and helped lead St. Norbert's hockey team to a national championship in 2011. Tabisz, also a second-team at-large Academic All-America selection last year, scored nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points this past season, and was named a first-team All-American at defenseman for the third consecutive year by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Tabisz is the only player in St. Norbert history to be named first-team All-Northern Collegiate Hockey Association in each of his four seasons. Tabisz, who scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win over Adrian College in the NCAA Division III title game, finished his career with 37 goals and 61 assists for 98 points in 118 games.

The honor is the fourth Academic All-America mention for St. Norbert hockey. In addition to Tabisz's two selections, Rob Smillie was a second-team selection in 1999, followed by Marc Belanger's second-team accolade in 2008.

Tabisz becomes the tenth student-athlete in St. Norbert history to have earned at least two Academic All-America honors. It also the 46th time among 35 recipients a student-athlete has received Academic All-America mention. St. Norbert's 46 Academic All-Americans are the most among Midwest Conference member schools. The at-large team encompasses student-athletes from the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

To be eligible for national or regional selection, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. The Academic All-America team is selected after All-District teams are picked from eight geographic regions nationally.