By — Josh Lynch
Great news came in for two St. Francis College athletes today, as the NEC announced St. Francis College athletes in Dana DiRenzo and Nick Nemergut as NEC- Scholar Athletes of the year.
DiRenzo played all 4 years on St. Francis College Women’s Basketball team and was selected captain for both her junior and senior years. As a Terrier, she earned a career total of 233 points and 285 rebounds.
Even more impressive, DiRenzo was given Co-Valedictorian honors at St. Francis College’s 2019 Spring graduation, after completing the five-year BS/MS degree in only four years.
“It is such an honor to be named an NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year – I am extremely grateful for the experiences and opportunities that playing basketball at St. Francis has provided me,” DiRenzo had stated.
“The past four years have been filled with so many great memories, and I will always appreciate my amazing professors and coaches who served as mentors to me along the way. I truly value the education I received at St. Francis and am very thankful and humbled to be receiving this award.”
Nemergut was given his undergraduate degree in the Spring of 2018 and picked up right where he left off by choosing to enter the schools graduate program. He was able to come out on top with a 4.0 GPA as an undergraduate and was awarded the 2018-19 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award at the St. Francis College Athletic Awards Banquet.
“When I found out that I was one of the NEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year, I was absolutely amazed. I was caught off guard in awe that I had earned this achievement,” Nemergut said in an interview.
“St. Francis College holds a spot deep in my heart for giving me the opportunity to compete in golf at the collegiate level along with providing me the chance to better myself academically and earn a degree. The support of my professors, teammates, and coaches were what truly helped
make this possible as they all wanted me to succeed and propel myself in all that I do.”
Nemergut was a prime example of excellence on the golf course for the Terriers this year, ending his career on a high note in finishing top 15 at the NEC men’s Golf Championship. He carded a 232 (+16) to tie for 15th-place and registered with an 81 (+9) in just the first round of play, recording his best play of 74 (+2) in the second round.
Men’s golf head coach Mike Carney would stated, “I’ve coached Nick Nemergut for the last three years and have watched him develop tremendously as a golfer. Nick approaches his studies with the same energy and can-do spirit that he brings to each practice and every competition.”
The NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award goes to the male and female student-athletes who push their athletic talents, graduate — and in the end — produce the highest GPA (grade point average) in the NEC at the cessation of their academic year.