Xavier University Student-Athletes Continue The Proud Tradition On Graduation Day
May 20, 2008
CINCINNATI - Xavier University student-athletes and a long-time former coach were honored among the graduates at the University undergraduate graduation services this past weekend. Out of the 761 graduate students that took part in the annual rite of spring at Xavier, 45 of the graduates were student-athletes.
During the undergraduate ceremony, Jim Brockhoff, longtime men's and women's tennis coach at Xavier, was awarded the Paul L. O'Connor Leadership Award. Brockhoff retired in 2007 after 45 years in charge of the men's program and 34 seasons at the helm of the women's team. Brockhoff won over 1,000 matches in his XU coaching career.
Among those shot by Xavier University photographer Greg Rust and represented in our photo gallery during the celebration on Saturday was Jill Quayle, the 2007 Atlantic 10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, who earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region honors for the Northeast Region and AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America team honors after leading Xavier to its first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament field. Also receiving his diploma was Ben Milroy, who earned Atlantic 10 Conference All-Academic honors in cross country and track during his standout career.
Men's basketball kept its perfect streak of senior graduates intact. Seniors Stanley Burrell, Josh Duncan and Drew Lavender were all among those receiving diplomas. That was quite a way to finish a senior campaign that included a second straight Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship, a school record 30 wins and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. XU has now graduated 73 straight senior men's basketball players dating back to 1986.
Graduation day added to the academic success stories of XU's student-athletes this Spring. Recently the NCAA recognized six Xavier athletic programs with Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence of their student-athletes. The award is given to the top ten percent of the teams in each sport based on the NCAA Academic Progress rate. The APR is a term-by-term progress for every student-athlete in Division I athletics. The Xavier teams who earned accolades include: men's basketball, men's swimming, women's cross country, women's tennis, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track. In fact, men's swimming, women's cross country, women's tennis, women's indoor track and women's outdoor track are not only returning team honorees but all five teams scored perfect 1,000 APR ratings for the second straight year.