RHIT's Drew Belk Named Capital One Academic All-American

RHIT's Drew Belk Named Capital One Academic All-American

Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman

TERRE HAUTE, IN -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Drew Belk (Jasper, Ind./H.S.) has earned Capital One NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Academic All-American honors, in results released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Belk captured third-team accolades for his efforts in the classroom and as a member of the men's soccer squad over the past three years.  The NCAA Division III Academic All-American team includes three squads of 11 student-athletes each out of more than 400 institutions across the nation. 

Belk ranked second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with 10 goals and was third in the league with 21 points.  The first-team all-conference honoree in 2012 also recorded a hat trick in a league victory over Mount St. Joseph.

In the classroom, the electrical engineering major carries a 3.74 grade point average.  He is also a member of the campus Triangle fraternity.  His career totals include 13 goals and 28 points in 34 matches.

Belk becomes the 97th Academic All-American in Rose-Hulman athletics history and claimed the seventh award in men's soccer.  Clint Vatterrodt was named a second-team honoree in 2011; Nick Race earned third-team accolades in 2010; Matt Trowbridge captured first-team honors in 2007 and was a third-team selection in 2006; and Mark Schulz earned second-team honors in 1990 and was named third-team in 1989.

At least one Rose-Hulman student-athlete has earned Academic All-American honors for the last 27 years, the sixth longest streak among all NCAA Division I, II or III institutions.

During Belk's career, the Fightin' Engineers have compiled a 23-4-3 mark against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents and won the 2011 HCAC Tournament and the 2012 league regular season co-championship.  The team also qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2011.