Michael Johnson (SR/Union City, Calif) became the first York College athlete to ever be named an Academic All-America® Tuesday afternoon after he was named to the first team.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selected the College Division Baseball Team which is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
Johnson led the Panthers this season in several offensive categories. He was first on the team in doubles (18), home runs (16), RBI (66), total bases (153) and slugging percentage (.683). He was second on the team in hits (83), runs scored (69), and on-base percentage (.488).
Defensively he was just as solid as he committed just 11 errors in 289 chances for a fielding percentage of .926. He was also a part of 37 double plays.
Johnson was also named first team All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Off the field Mike was a leader in the classroom as well. He majored in Psychology and was also a finalist for York College's prestigious Mr. YC award; an award based on an overall commitment to the mission of the school in aspects in the classroom, involvement on campus, and character.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, is the highest academic award given in collegiate athletics from NCAA Division I to the junior college ranks. Nominees to the Academic All-America® program must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and must have attended their current institution for at least one full academic year and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility status.
To read the entire CoSIDA Academic All-America® release click here.