Blue Hens Trio Earn ITA Scholar Athlete Accolades
NEWARK, Del. –The Intercollegiate Tennis Association recently honored the University of Delaware men’s tennis team for its successes in the classroom as the Blue Hens had three student-athletes recognized as ITA Scholar Athletes for the first time since 2010.
Seniors Mike Furr (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) earned the accolades for the second time in his career while classmate Tim Puterio (Kingston, R.I./South Kingstown) and freshman Blaise Casselbury (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Country) were recognized for the first time in their respective collegiate careers.
“I’m very proud of these student-athletes,” commented UD head coach Bruce Myers. “It speaks volumes that this team excels academically and I’m glad that they are receiving due recognition. This gives the rest of the team something to strive for going forward.”
Furr, who was last honored during the 2013 campaign, graduated in May with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and has since accepted a position with Deloitte Consulting.
During his time with the Blue Hens, he was also a CAA All-Academic Team honoree and member of the National College Athlete Honor Society while serving as the team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council representative.
Puterio also graduated in May with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and is currently working with Deloitte Consulting. He is also a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society.
Casselbury, Furr and Puterio were all honored last month as members of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
“This group has their priorities in line and really has a great grasp on what is important,” Myers remarked. “For our returners, Blaise and his classroom excellence has already elevated him to one of the undisputed leaders of this team.”
In order to earn ITA Scholar Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).