Shannon Buck named Academic All-American
2nd Lt. Shannon Buck, a 2006 graduate of the Air Force Academy and former member of the men's tennis team, has been named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's At-Large Team. Buck, who carried a 3.42 GPA and graduated with a degree in biology, is the first Academic All-American in the history of men's tennis at the Academy.
Buck, from Spokane, Wash., is a third-team selection. He earned a nomination on the national ballot after his selection to the all-district VII team. He completed his career as the best player in the history of the men's tennis program at Air Force. The 2006 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and four-time all-MWC selection, Buck ended his senior campaign with a 29-5 overall singles record and an 18-1 mark in dual matches, all at the No. 1 spot. In addition to advancing to the finals of the Mountain Region Championships last fall, Buck was also the first Air Force player to compete at the ITA National Indoor Championships and play in two NCAA Singles Championships.
A member of the dean's list every semester and academic all-MWC selection the past three years, Buck is also a member of the Academy's Tri-Beta Biological Society (top 5% of biology majors) and received the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) scholarship to attend medical school next fall.
The Academic All-America® Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.