Florida Tech’s Trey Collins Cements Name In FIT History, Named First Team Academic All-American
By Florida Tech // December 4, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – What a difference a year has made for Florida Tech midfielder Trey Collins. Just one season removed from being shutout of all postseason awards, the graduate student recently reeled in All-Sunshine State Conference and All-South Region honors, and has now been named First Team Academic All-American, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Upon recognition, Collins becomes the first male student-athlete in the school’s 57-year history to receive such an award, and just the fifth overall.
Former Florida Tech women’s rower Samantha McCuskey earned a third-team selection last spring, but before Collins was one of just two Panthers to be honored this decade.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities my coaches and teammates have given me, as well as the trust they have instilled in me to play my role. I am also thankful for my professors allowing me to have the flexibility that a student-athlete needs to excel on and off the field.”
“Without their contributions, an award like this would not be possible. FIT has provided me with two years of growth that I’ll value as I take the next step in my career,” said Collins.
The CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
Collins started in all 14 matches in which he appeared for the Panthers this fall. Florida Tech’s co-captain tied a team-high in both goals (8) and assists (5), ranking among the top-10 in the SSC in each category.
Collins logged at least two points in a game seven times, including a season-high five-point performance in the Panthers’ 4-0 victory over Nova Southeastern on Oct. 14.
In pursuit of his master’s degree in biotechnology, Collins has posted a 3.50 grade point average. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2016.
The Melbourne High School grad is one of just two student-athletes on the men’s side from the SSC to be acknowledged, as Palm Beach Atlantic’s Jermaine Metz landed on the nation’s third team.
Ouachita Baptist’s Haley Hatcher was selected as the recipient of the Academic All-America of the Year award for Division II women’s soccer, while Johannes Sterobo of Northwood (Mich.) took home the award for men’s soccer.
Florida Tech finished the season with a record of 7-6-2.