Three Mountaineers Earn CoSIDA Academic All-America Awards
Three West Virginia University student-athletes have been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Recent graduate Abigail Rosiello (women’s tennis) was named to the women’s second team, while rising senior Abby Kaufman (gymnastics) landed on the women’s third team. Additionally, rising junior David Koenders (rifle) was named to the men’s third team.
Rosiello is the second women’s tennis student-athlete in as many years and the second in program history to earn Academic All-America honors, while Kaufman is the fifth different gymnast and the first since 2007 to be selected to an Academic All-America team.
Under 13-year rifle coach Jon Hammond, eight different Mountaineers have garnered 16 Academic All-America honors, and the squad has placed at least one shooter on a team in each of the last 11 years.
Rosiello, a Morgantown, West Virginia, native who graduated in May with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in immunology & medical microbiology, is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team in 2016.
“It is a great accomplishment for our program and for Abby to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American,” tennis coach Miha Lisac said. “Abby is the second award winner in as many years for our program, and the credit goes to Paula (Goetz), last year’s winner, Abby and the staff for their hard work and dedication they put into everyone during the year. Abby has done very well, and I am proud of her accomplishments.”
On the court, Rosiello tied for the team lead in doubles wins (10) and accumulated a 27-18 record, the third-best mark on the team. She led the Mountaineers with a .600-win percentage and was named WVU’s Most Improved Player.
A native of York, Pennsylvania, Kaufman is the 2019 Big 12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American, she is an exercise physiology major and boasts a 4.0 GPA. Kaufman is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and was named to the first team in 2018 and 2019. A President’s List honoree, she also is a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
“Abby continues to surpass expectations, as she completed a no-fall season, hitting every routine, and attained a perfect GPA in a competitive undergraduate major,” gymnastics associate head coach Travis Doak said. “Abby also is an asset in our community outreach programs. She is a leader inside and outside of the gym and embodies the values of West Virginia. We are thrilled she is being recognized for her relentless work ethic.”
In 2019, Kaufman paced WVU with 544.925 points, competing in the all-around in all 14 meets. She set career highs on vault (9.85), uneven bars (9.85), floor exercise (9.875) and in the all-around (39.225). Kaufman earned 14 podium finishes, the third-best team total, and earned her first career victories on vault and in the all-around. She ranked No. 2 on the team with 1,049.475 career points.
Koenders, a native of Mossautal, Germany, is a psychology major with minors in sport & exercise psychology and human services and boasts a 4.0 GPA. A two-time College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Academic Team honoree, he was named to the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team and was WVU’s recipient of the 2019 Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Scholar-Athlete honor. Koenders also is a member of the President’s List, the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
“I’m really excited for David,” rifle coach Jon Hammond noted. “He’s had two great years academically, and he sets a great example for his teammates. Any time a student-athlete can maintain a 4.0 GPA, it’s a great achievement. It’s nice to see David recognized, and I’m happy he continues our tradition of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.”
This last season, Koenders finished third in smallbore at the NCAA Championships with a score of 444.8 in the final. He pushed his career All-America honors count to six, landing on the National Rifle Association (NRA) All-America Second Team for air rifle and smallbore, as well as the CRCA All-America Third Team. Koenders also was named to the All-GARC Air Rifle and Combined Score First Teams and the All-GARC Smallbore Second Team. He finished the year with averages of 590.31 air rifle and 582.7 smallbore.