Roebker Named Winner Of BIG EAST Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award
June 2, 2014
NEW YORK - Xavier Men's Tennis senior captain Jimmy Roebker has been chosen as the winner of the 2013-14 BIG EAST Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award. The women's recipient of the award is Seton Hall tennis player Chloe Sher. As part of the award, both recipients will receive $5,000 scholarships to be applied to postgraduate study.
The scholarship is awarded annually to one male and one female student-athlete from a BIG EAST-sponsored sport who have been admitted to a degree-granting or professional program for the following year and who have demonstrated leadership through excellence in academic credentials, athletic performance and depth of commitment to service within the institution or the community.
The BIG EAST Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award is named for Michael Tranghese, the BIG EAST's first full-time employee who served as conference commissioner from 1990 to 2009. Recipients are determined by the BIG EAST Conference Academic Affairs Committee.
"Jimmy is the type of student-athlete that any coach would love to have on his team," said Xavier tennis head coach Eric Toth. "I feel very fortunate for our program and Xavier University that Jimmy chose to attend XU. He balanced all of the roles of a student-athlete and did them all at a high level. He's one of the hardest workers I've ever been around on the court and with his classwork. He is very deserving of this award. He already has his undergraduate degree in life sciences and has begun work on his MBA. "He wants to be a doctor," said Toth, "and with his work ethic and the type of genuine person he is, I am sure will be an excellent doctor as well."
Roebker, a native of Ft. Mitchell, Ky., closed out his Xavier career by being named to the All-BIG EAST Conference Team following the 2013-14 season. In fact, Roebker concluded each of his four seasons at Xavier by being placed to an all-conference first team, including three straight years on the Atlantic 10 Conference First Team.
During his Xavier career, Roebker amassed an 83-51 overall record in singles, including going 39-23 from the No. 1 spot. He also ended his Xavier career 26-16 in singles tournament play. Roebker finished with 78-36 overall record in doubles, mainly playing from the No. 1 spot.
In the classroom, Roebker earned a 3.94 GPA with a concentration in life sciences for business. He earned Dean's list honors in each semester since stepping onto Xavier's campus in 2010-11, and was named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team in 2013. Roebker was also named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team.
Roebker is a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete whose bevy of extracurricular activities include Buddy Up Tennis, which teaches tennis and fitness to children with Down syndrome, while being an active participate in XU SAAC.