Last updated: June 02. 2014 10:04AM - 89 Views

Chas Goodwin is Newberry's 14th all-time Academic All-America and the baseball program's first.
Chas Goodwin is Newberry's 14th all-time Academic All-America and the baseball program's first.
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MacLEAN, Va. — Recent Newberry College graduate Chas Goodwin has been honored as second team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America and Capital One.

Goodwin, a native of Greer and graduate of Blue Ridge High School, is the 15th all-time Academic All-America selection at Newberry and the baseball program’s first. This marks the sixth consecutive academic year in which Newberry has had at least one Academic All-America honoree and the fourth academic year with multiple honorees, as he joins volleyball star Samantha Parrish, who earned second team Academic All-America honors in the fall.

Goodwin graduated summa cum laude from Newberry earlier this month with a 3.9653 career grade point average, double majoring in biology and chemistry with a biochemistry concentration.

He was a preseason second team all-South Atlantic Conference selection in 2014 before suffering an injury which affected his throwing ability. He was also been named to Newberry College’s Bachman Honor Society — which honors the top 10 percent of the graduating class each year — and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors in both 2013 and 2014.

Goodwin has been named to the Newberry College Dean’s List in every season he has been enrolled and has also earned South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll distinction and the Division II Athletic Directors’ Association Academic Award in each year eligible.

In 2012 he won the POLYED Award for Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry. He is a member of the Blue Key Honor Society, Future Medical Professionals Association and the American Chemical Society. He was also a student assistant in Newberry’s office of athletic communications for two seasons, serving as the lead statistician at the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship hosted by Newberry.

In his career, Goodwin hit .240 with 82 hits and 41 RBIs. He had a .363 on-base percentage thanks to 62 walks. He laid down 15 sacrifice hits and had a .989 career fielding percentage.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 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 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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