AUSTIN, Texas – Heidelberg University baseball outfielder Derek Hug has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III baseball team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Hug, a recently-graduated senior, earned a spot on the second team, marking his second consecutive year earning the prestigious honor.
Hug, a biology major from Bryan, Ohio, marks the 24th time in school history that a Heidelberg student-athlete has earned Academic All-American status. It is the third time that a Heidelberg baseball player has earned the distinction, as Hug earned a third team nod last year while Aaron Fischer was a first team selection in 2000. He becomes just the third Heidelberg student-athlete to earn multiple Academic All-American honors, joining Joe Conduah (1999, 2000) and Craig Sykes (2011, 2012).
"This award is an outstanding completion to an outstanding career," said head coach Chad Fitzgerald. "Derek has received numerous awards on the field but I believe he is most proud of his awards that combine both the field and the classroom. He has always set a great example of what it means to be a student-athlete and I couldn't be more proud of his accomplishments on and off the field."
The outfielder left his mark on the Berg baseball program and was a two-time All-American on the diamond, three-time All-Region selection, and a three-time first team All-OAC honoree, including OAC Player of the Year honors in 2014. He departs having tied the school record for triples in a career (16) while ranking second in school history in stolen bases (60).
During his four years at Heidelberg, Hug helped lead the Student Princes to a pair of NCAA Regional Appearances as well as an OAC regular-season championship in 2015.
With the honor, another medallion will be placed on the Adams Academic All-American Plaza outside of Heidelberg's Hoernemann Stadium. The Adams Academic All-American Plaza, made possible through a generous gift from the John Q. and Patricia Adams Foundation, was rededicated in early November.
The CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.