Matt Silver ’07 was recently named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Men’s At-Large Academic All-America second team. He is the first Hobart tennis student-athlete to earn Academic All-American honors, which are voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Silver is just the 10th Statesman to be named an Academic All-American since Shawn Fazio ’81 became this first, in baseball, in 1979. Recognition for the academic success of Hobart’s student-athletes has been building momentum over the past four years. Including Silver, six Statesmen have graced the Academic All-America teams since 2003.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Silver received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude with honors in biology at last month’s commencement ceremonies. He is a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick.
On the court, Silver compiled a 45-31 career singles record, earning All-Liberty League Singles honors in 2004 and 2007. He also garnered a spot on the all-conference doubles team in 2005 and 2007.
To be eligible for the Academic All-America teams, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or significant reserve, be at least a sophomore in academic standing, and be voted to one of the eight Academic All-District first teams.
Silver was selected the Academic All-District second teams in 2005 and 2006, before moving up to the first team this year.