SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University athletics department announced its 2017-18 Scholar Athletes of the Year, naming softball player LeAnne Collins and football player Alex Potocko as the honorees.
Collins has just recently begun her 2018 season, with the Sea Gulls opening play on March 3. Through 14 games, she has one of the top batting averages in Division III, hitting .512 including five doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs. Her on-base percentage of .604 leads the team and she is second on the squad with a slugging percentage of .860. On March 3 she belted her second triple of the season, which was the 12th of her career, tying her for the program record in that category.
The Sparks, Maryland native has brought in numerous awards, including being named a first-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association last season, along with being the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the CAC's Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
In the classroom, the senior carries a 3.429 cumulative grade-point average as a business management major and a minor in psychology minor. She has been named to Salisbury University's Dean's List four semesters, and has twice been named to the CAC All-Academic Team. She has been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for all four years at Salisbury, and was been the organization's secretary from 2015 through 2017.
Potocko repeats as Salisbury's Male Scholar Athlete of the Year after concluding his playing career in the fall having been a four-year starter as a kicker on the football team. This season he connected on 39-of-43 extra-point tries, and made two field goals – including a career-long 42-yarder.
He finishes his time in maroon and gold second in program history with 140 extra points made, and fifth in point-after percentage, having connected on 92.1 percent of his tries. His 18 made field goals are tied for fourth in program history, while he is in the top 10 in field goals attempted and percentage made.
The Clarksville, Maryland native carries a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as a physics and engineering major and mathematics minor. In each of the past two years he's been named a first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the first in school history to earn that honor twice, while being named to the Salisbury University's Dean's List in every semester in his academic career. A member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi since 2015, he has also served as a resident assistant for the past three years, and volunteers for numerous organizations.
Potocko is the first to repeat as Salisbury's Male Scholar Athlete of the Year since Mike Giuffrida did so in 1998 and 1999.