Former Cougar All-American is a Finalist for Academic Hall of Fame

Dylann Duncan Ceriani was a two-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American at BYU.

Volleyball All-American Dylann Duncan Ceriani one of 25 Finalists for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame

STAMFORD -- Former BYU All-American volleyball standout Dylann Duncan Ceriani is among a group of 25 finalists, including Julie Foudy, Alvan Adams, Terrell Hoage and Tim Green, for induction into the 17th annual CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Four of the finalists will be inducted at ceremonies in San Diego, Calif., on July 21.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) established the Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor former college scholar-athletes who have excelled in their professions and made substantial contributions to their communities. To be eligible, a candidate had to be an Academic All-America team member who graduated at least 10 years ago.

The Hall of Fame finalists were chosen from a group of more than 200 nominees and were selected by a 120-member voting board representing CoSIDA's 2,000 members. CBS broadcaster Dick Enberg will serve as master of ceremonies at this year's 17th annual induction. There are currently 78 members of the Hall of Fame.

Ceriani was a two-time All-American who still holds the BYU career records in kills (2,188), aces (233), solo blocks (155), block assists (733) and total blocks (881). A three-time Academic All-American and recipient of the 1988 NCAA Top Six Award and the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship, Ceriani earned a BS degree in electrical engineering with computer emphasis from BYU in 1989. After playing on the U.S. National Women's Volleyball team and playing professionally in Switzerland and for the San Jose Storm, Ceriani received a master's degree in biomechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. She currently works as a mechanical design engineer at Breg, Inc.

Foudy, a 1993 graduate of Stanford, is a two-time Olympic medalist and a 14-year veteran of the US National women's soccer team. Adams, a graduate of Oklahoma where he was a Phi Beta Kappa, played 13 seasons in the NBA after earning Big 8 Player of the Year honors in 1975.

Hoage, a Phi Beta Kappa honoree at Georgia (Class of 1984), was a two-time consensus first-team All-America who went on to play 13 years in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl ring while playing for the Washington Redskins in 1992. Green, a 1986 graduate of Syracuse, played eight seasons in the NFL and is currently a lawyer and a NFL color announcer for FOX, as well as a best-selling author.

Other finalists include former Notre Dame football player Robert Burger, former College of New Jersey softball All-America Tracy Warren and former Elon University men's basketball player Brian Branson.

The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America program, please visit www.cosida.com.

25 FINALISTS

Alvan Adams University of Oklahoma

Brad Beanblossom Oklahoma State University

Gill Beck Appalachian State University

Brian Branson Elon University

Robert Burger University of Notre Dame

Richard Cerone Seton Hall University

Megan Donnelly University of Massachusetts

Dylann Duncan Ceriani Brigham Young University

Julie Foudy Stanford University

Joe Girardi Northwestern University

Mike Gminski Duke University

Timothy Green Syracuse University

Katie Haller University of Southern California

Dr. Jeffery Harris Illinois State University

Terrell Hoage University of Georgia

Mark Kelso College of William & Mary

Brent Lang University of Michigan

Dr. James Martin The Pennsylvania State University

Michele Mitchell-Rocha University of Arizona

Jim Paxson University of Dayton

John Paxson University of Notre Dame

Lance Pilch United States Air Force Academy

Dave Rimington University of Nebraska

Misty Thomas University of Nevada Las Vegas

Tracy Warren The College of New Jersey