Feb. 28, 2001
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Boston College soccer standout Chris Hamblin has been named the 2000-01 BIG EAST/AEROPOSTALE Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He will receive $4,000 stipend which will be applied to graduate studies. The winner is determined by the league's Academic Awards Committee.
AEROPOSTALE Stores is the official apparel of BIG EAST Championships and is also the sponsor of the conference's Post Graduate Student-Athlete Scholarship Program. This year AEROPOSTALE will award 31 scholarships to Conference student-athletes to assist in their pursuit of graduate or professional studies.
Hamblin, a native of Bristol, England, is enrolled in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The senior goalkeeper will earn his degree this spring in human development and communications. After leading the Eagles to the BIG EAST Championship title and the NCAA Tournament this past season, Hamblin became the first BC player to earn first team All-America honors. He posted eight shutouts and allowed just 17 goals in 20 games. Hamblin was a member of the 1997 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team and earned the 1999 McElroy Award, the highest Boston College soccer honor.
The 2000 conference Goalkeeper of the Year is a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and a member of the Athletic Director's honor roll. Hamblin is a member of the Boston College Student-Athlete Advisory Board and the Student-Athlete Pen Pal program. He is also a Freshman Orientation Leader on campus and has volunteered his time working at a homeless shelter. Hamblin plans to pursue a master's degree of education at Boston College.
The conference also announced the '00-01 BIG EAST/AEROPOSTALE Male Scholar-Athlete Award winners who will each receive $2,000 toward graduate studies.
The men's winners are: Michael Scott, Connecticut (Baseball, Finance), Johan Lindqvist, Miami (Tennis, International Finance & Marketing), Mike Naumann, Notre Dame (Baseball, Pre-Professional Studies), Matthew Irvin, Pittsburgh (Baseball, Political Science & History), Keith Kelly, Providence (Cross Country/Track & Field, Marketing & Sociology), Omar Chavez, St. John's (Soccer, Graphic Design), Brian Leighton, Seton Hall (Baseball, Health & Physical Education), Alexander Brown, Syracuse (Track & Field, School of Education/Health & Exercise Science), Joseph Noonan, Villanova (Soccer, Electrical Engineering), Gregg Doule, Virginia Tech (Swimming, Chemical Engineering), Todd Howard, West Virginia (Cross Country/Track & Field, Foreign Languages).
The BIG EAST/AEROPOSTALE Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced on March 3. The BIG EAST/AEROPOSTALE Basketball Scholar-Athletes will be announced in conjunction with the women's (March 3) and men's (March 6) basketball championships.