Joe Petosa Named Academic All-American For Second Time

Joe Petosa is Felician's third two-time Academic All-American. (Steven R. Smith)
Joe Petosa is Felician's third two-time Academic All-American. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College graduate student Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) has been voted to the Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Baseball Second Team, as coordinated and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Petosa is one of seven Felician student-athletes to be named an Academic All-American in the 18-year history of the College's athletics program, and the third to be so honored twice. He was a third-team selection in 2012 before receiving a medical waiver for 2013.

Petosa is the Golden Falcons' second Academic All-American in the 2013-14 academic year. A complete list of Felician's Academic All-Americans and Academic All-District honorees can be viewed at http://www.felicianathletics.com/information/Ac-A-A

In 2014, Petosa helped lead Felician (30-20, 15-5 CACC) to its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship and its first NCAA Tournament appearance. In 48 games he batted .370 (third in the CACC) with 12 doubles, four triples, one home run, 29 runs scored and tied for fourth in the CACC with 34 runs batted in.

The honor caps a highly-decorated final season for Petosa. After being voted to the All-CACC First Team and the Most Valuable Player of the CACC Tournament, he was selected to the D-II All-East Region First Team (Daktronics and Rawlings/ABCA) and to the all-tournament team of the East Regional Championship. Felician also chose Petosa as its 2014 Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Petosa is Felician's career leader in hits (225), walks (91) and triples (19), and is one of only two Golden Falcon baseball players to be named All-CACC four times. A 2009 product of Spotswood High, he received a BS in accounting from Felician in 2013, graduating with a grade-point average of 3.79. He holds a 3.42 GPA in the College's MBA program.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 19,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. The entire set of 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Baseball teams can be viewed at http://cosida.com/documents/2014/5/29/2014_CapOne_AAA_D2_Baseball_Team.pdf.