RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College sophomore Keleenna Onyeaka (Birmingham, England/Solihull Sixth Form College) has been voted to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men's Soccer third team, as coordinated and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Onyeaka is the fifth Academic All-American in the 17-year history of Felician athletics. He is the first Golden Falcon men's soccer player to be so honored, as well as the first sophomore. He is one of only two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) men's soccer student-athletes to earn the award this season.
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.
Onyeaka carries a 3.91 grade-point average as an accounting major. A 6-foot-3 defender, he started all 17 games for Felician (5-10-2 overall, 4-5-2 CACC) in 2012. From the center back position, he led the Golden Falcons in goals (4) and points (8), and was a key component as all five of Felician's victories came by 1-0 scores.
"Keleenna's poise, confidence, and intelligence make him the ideal role model to represent all that is embodied in the definition of 'student-athlete,'" said first-year Felician head coach Roger Stephens. "He is respected by his coaches, teammates, opponents, and the entire College community. There is no better student-athlete to represent all that Felician College is and has to offer."
Onyeaka is a 2011 graduate of The Sixth Form College in Solihull, England. He has been named to the All-CACC team following both of his collegiate seasons.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports
The entire set of 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men's Soccer teams can be viewed at http://www.cosida.com/media/documents/2012/11/2012AAASoccerTeamD2.pdf (page 5).
Felician College is a coeducational, liberal arts, Catholic college, enrolling 2,300 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Arts and Sciences, Business and Management, Teacher Education, and Health Sciences and Nursing. A Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Felician College competes in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, cross-country, men's golf, women's volleyball, and cheerleading. Founded in 1942 by the Felician Sisters in the Franciscan tradition, Felician College is located on two campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey.