Nathaniel James Earns CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Recent Washington and Lee graduate Nathaniel James (Keller, Texas/Keller) has been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
James was selected to the second team after graduating with a degree in politics and maintaining a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) in excess of 3.5. He will attend W&L Law School in the fall.
The 2008 Doc Jopson Award recipient as the top male scholar-athlete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, James was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the Generals' golf team. He is a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time winner of the ODAC Golfer of the Year and ODAC Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. The ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2005, James won the ODAC Individual Championship this spring in leading the Generals to their first conference title since 1999. He then finished in a tie for third out of 180 competitors at the 2008 NCAA Division III Golf Championship with a score of 73-74-72-73--292 (+8). He also helped the Generals to a 16th-place finish out of 35 in the team portion of the event.
A Third Team All-American as a sophomore and a First Team All-America choice each of the past two seasons, James ranked No. 1 in Division III this year with a 72.6 stroke average over 25 rounds played. He posted a 73.8 career scoring average and he never carded a score higher than 81 over his 94 career rounds.
James also recently received the Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America. He is the first-ever Division III recipient of the prestigious award.
James' selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America squad brings W&L's all-time total to 44 student-athletes honored since 1975. The CoSIDA College Division consists of student-athletes from all NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools across the United States. The at-large category includes student-athletes from 25 different sports.