A trio of Mountaineer student athletes have earned academic All-District Honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
WVU football redshirt seniors, safety Sean Mahone and kicker Evan Staley, were named to the 2020-21 Academic All-District Football Team, while volleyball junior setter Lacy Zerwas earned a spot on the organization’s volleyball team.
Mahone and Staley will advance to the national ballot for second-round voting for inclusion on the All-America team.
They mark the 26th and 27th CoSIDA Academic All-District selections from the West Virginia football team since 2001.
In the classroom, Mahone posted a 3.60 grade point average, earning his bachelor’s degree in management information systems and finished his master’s of business administration degree this May, posting a 3.69 GPA.
Staley completed his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology with a 3.35 GPA and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in safety management, boasting a 3.75 GPA.
Mahone, an All-Big 12 Conference second team selection by PFF College, started all 10 games at safety for WVU. The four-time Academic All-Big 12 selection was the Mountaineers fifth-leading tackler with 54 stops, including 34 solo tackles and two tackles for loss. He also had four pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery. Mahone led WVU in tackles as a junior with 80 stops, including two sacks, five tackles for loss, a forced fumble, an interception and a pass breakup.
Staley has been one of the team’s field goal kickers and handled kickoffs for the past four years. He saw action in six games during the 2020 season until he sustained a season-ending knee injury against Kansas State. He has hit 39 career field goals and 115-of-116 extra points for 232 points. Staley has kicked in 40 career games at WVU and ranks No. 6 for extra points made, No. 7 on the school’s all-time field goals made list and the all-time kick scoring list.
Zerwas of the WVU volleyball team was named to the 2021 Academic All-District 2 Volleyball First Team. The honor is the first of Zerwas’ career, while she becomes the 11th Mountaineer to garner the award since 2000 and 18th all-time.
A Phoenix, Arizona, native, Zerwas now advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America National ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honors will be selected in the coming weeks, with the announcement scheduled for July.
Zerwas has played in 79 career matches for the Mountaineers, including 290 career sets through three seasons with the squad. She paced the team with 837 assists in 2020-21, while she also notched 10 service aces and 32 kills. Zerwas boasts 2,834 career assists, which ranks No. 8 all-time in program history.
A two-time team captain, Zerwas ranked inside the top five in the Big 12 Conference in assists per set and total assists last season. She has recorded 21 double-doubles in her career and eclipsed 500 career digs and 2,000 career assists in 2020-21.
She also was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and the Academic All-Big 12 First Team this year.
A 2021 recipient of the Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, Zerwas has a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 4.0 in management. She also has been honored as a member of the President’s List, Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.