IPFW junior and Fort Wayne native Patrick Kelley has been named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Third Team as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The men's at-large program for the Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Kelley is just one of 16 non-seniors named on the 33-person list and just one of seven student-athletes from District V (schools within the states of Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba).
Kelley, a member of the men's golf team, played in 24 rounds during the year, averaging a team-best 75.0 strokes per round, with a low round of 70 on the season; which he did twice. He was named The Summit League Golfer of the Week for the week ending April 16, following his rounds at Loyola's Caputo Invitational. Additionally, he shot a three-round total of 214 (one over par) at the IPFW Invitational, carding rounds of 74 (+3), 70 (-1) and 70 (-1).
He also became the first non-senior at IPFW to earn an Academic All-District honor, and has a perfect 4.0 grade point average in accounting.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his 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.