The 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District ® Baseball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
The Academic All-District ® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the fourth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America ® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program. First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
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.
Junior Jeff Gertley (Northville, Mich./Northville HS) is an outfielder on the baseball team and maintains a 3.84 grade-point average while majoring in accounting. Gertley was named First Team All-MIAA this season and is batting .353 with nine home runs and a team-high 42 RBI's.
Junior Morgan Brandt (Eastlake, Ohio/North HS) is a catcher on the softball team and maintains a 3.95 grade-point average while majoring in exercise science. Brandt set new career-highs this season batting .431 with a team-high 14 doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI's.
Senior Eric Schmidt (Blissfield, Mich./Blissfield HS) is a pitcher on the baseball team and maintains a 3.79 grade-point average while majoring in secondary education. Schmidt is earning Academic All-District honors for the second straight year. He was named MIAA Pitcher of the Year this season and holds the career wins record at Adrian with 30.