Wasielewski Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

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AMHERST, Mass. - Senior offensive lineman Rob Wasielewski has been named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today.

In order to be eligible, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and have significant athletic credentials. First team honorees across eight districts are automatically considered for the Capital One Academic All-America team, which will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Wasielewski is one of five NESCAC student-athletes on the District 1 first team, joining Middlebury’s McCallum Foote ’14, William Sadik-Khan ’14, Matthew Crimmins ’14 and Michael Dola ’15.

One of the team’s tri-captains, Wasielewski is a two-time first team All-NESCAC honoree. A three-year starter, he has played an integral role in the team’s success since his arrival, helping Amherst post a 26-5 overall record during his tenure, which included a perfect 8-0 season in 2011.

A staple on one of the conference’s best offensive lines, Wasielewski helped the Jeffs allow a league-low six sacks as a sophomore, while the running game averaged 189.5 yards per outing. In 2012, the Amherst rushing attack was once again one of the conference’s best, averaging over 191.0 yards per game. This season, the Jeffs have allowed just eight sacks, while averaging 122.1 yards on the ground.

An active member of the campus community, Wasielewski is also involved in the Athletics Team Engagement Leader Program, a result of the combined efforts of the athletics liaisons, Center for Community Engagement, and athletics department to create a sustainable culture of community engagement within Amherst Athletics.

Planning events for the team since last spring, the Jeffs have volunteered at the Amherst Survival Center, an organization dedicated to promoting the health and well being of residents of Franklin and Hampshire counties with a wide variety of programs designed to help people meet their basic needs.

Thanks in part to Wasielewski’s efforts, Amherst players have also helped raise money for the annual Friends of Jaclyn 5K Run/Walk and worked with a local soup kitchen, Not Bread Alone, assisting the kitchen staff and helping with clean-up almost every week throughout last spring semester.

The political science major was also a part of the College’s Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SMOC). One of just two students chosen to participate, Wasielewski joined members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and administration for nine meetings over the course of three months beginning in November of 2012.

Charged with making recommendations to President Biddy Martin in order to improve Amherst’s efforts to prevent and address sexual assault on campus, the committee considered five distinct areas (campus environment, resources, education, recent history and policy/Title IX) and presented its report, entitled “Toward a Culture of Respect: The Problem of Sexual Misconduct at Amherst College,” at the January (2013) Board of Trustees meeting.