CHARLESTON, S.C. – Former College of Charleston women’s tennis standout Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) earned a spot on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.
Newman is one of 11 all-time student-athletes on 18 occasions in school history to be named an Academic All-American since the Cougars moved to NCAA Division I status during the 1991-92 season. She joins a list of greats that include three-time Academic All-Americans Joey Foxhall (1997-99) of baseball, Jody Lumpkin (1999-2001) of men’s basketball and Phillip Coker (2004-06) of baseball.
This past season, Newman became the first women’s tennis player in program history to be named Southern Conference Player of the Year. She went on to lead the nationally-ranked Cougars to three consecutive SoCon Women’s Tennis Championship titles and NCAA Tournament appearances from 2011-13. A three-time All-SoCon First Team selection playing at No. 1 singles for the Cougars, Newman compiled 59 singles and 60 doubles victories during her career.
Off the court, Newman graduated summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average in exercise science with a minor in mathematics, was the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) and served as a physical therapy volunteer at the Medical University of South Carolina and Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. She was also a member of the CofC Honors College and was a five-time highly distinguished honors student from Fall 2010 to Fall 2012.
A two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete, Newman was selected as one of 6,000 accepted candidates out of 48,000 applicants nationwide to teach in an urban or rural school district with the Teach For America program. She earned her State of South Carolina Teaching Certificate in math and is currently teaching a summer program in the state of Mississippi.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0, 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 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA Championship sports.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALL-TIME ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS (18)
1992 – Michaela Kawohl, Cross Country, Women’s At‐Large, Third Team
1997 – Joey Foxhall, Baseball, 2B, Third Team
1998 – Joey Foxhall, Baseball, 2B, Second Team
1999 – Joey Foxhall, Baseball, IF, First Team
1999 – Travis Howell, Baseball, OF, Second Team
1999 – Jody Lumpkin, Men’s Basketball, C, Second Team
2000 – Jody Lumpkin, Men’s Basketball, C, First Team
2001 – Jody Lumpkin, Men’s Basketball, C, First Team
2003 – Stephanie Ballard, Volleyball, OH, First Team
2004 – Brett Anderson, Baseball, IF, Third Team
2004 – Phillip Coker, Baseball, OF, Second Team
2005 – Brett Anderson 1, Baseball, DH, First Team
2005 – Phillip Coker, Baseball, OF, First Team
2005 – Rebecca Wieters, Volleyball, RS, Second Team
2006 – Phillip Coker, Baseball, OF, First Team
2011 – Matt Leeds, Baseball, IF, First Team
2011 – Christian Bailey, Men’s Track/Cross Country, Third Team
2013 – Christin Newman, Tennis, Women’s At-Large, Second Team