McCollam named ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
DELAWARE, OHIO -- Bemidji State University men’s track and field student-athlete Phil McCollam (Idaho Falls, Idaho) has been named to the ESPN the Magazine / College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-America Second Team, CoSIDA today announced. The Idaho Falls, Idaho native becomes just the second student-athlete at BSU to make an appearance on the All-America two times in a collegiate career. In 2004, McCollam and earned Third-Team Academic All-America accolades.

During the 2005-06 indoor season, McCollam collected top-five weight throw finishes in each of the eighth meets he competed in. His season was highlighted by a fifth place finish at the 2006 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships with a throw of 51-02.75.

As the warmer weather arrived, McCollam continued his success during the outdoor season. He logged eight top-eighth finishes in the throwing events saving his best for last. He capped off his 2006 season and BSU track and field career at the NSIC Outdoor Championships by recording a season-best distance of 154-08 in the hammer throw, garnering second place and All-NSIC honors. He also placed fifth in the discus and took eighth in the shot put.

En route to being named Second-Team Academic All-America, McCollam was selected First-Team Academic All-District V in late May. It marked his third consecutive All-District laurel. He was First-Team All-District V in 2004 and Third-Team last spring.

McCollam is a senior at BSU majoring in design technology and art.

With 46 student-athletes recognized between the College Division All-America first, second and third teams, McCollam was the only representative from any of the eight NSIC institutions. He is the second member of a BSU athletic program to earn All-America accolades this year following soccer player Cristina Egnell who was named Academic-All-America First-team honors this fall.

McCollam’s honor gives Bemidji State 12 Academic All-America awards in its history. He joins: men’s basketball players Steve Vogel (1976-78) and Royce Bryan (2003); men’s hockey players James Karner (1994) and Peter Jonsson (2005); softball’s Abby Stritesky (2000); Anik Cote from women’s hockey (2002); McCollam (2004); volleyball’s Kristin Smith (2004) and Egnell, who became the first BSU soccer player to earn the honor last fall (2005).

The Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 2,000-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools, who are then voted onto the all-district teams. First-Team All-District honorees advance to the All-America ballot. The program honors 816 student-athletes nation wide each year, and since the program’s inception in 1952 nearly 16,000 have been named to Academic All-America teams.

Bemidji State’s 2005-06 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic Honorees

Brittney Carlson (College Division Volleyball Second-Team All-District V)
Cristina Egnell (College Division Soccer First-Team All District V/First-Team All-America)
Erin Foss (College Division Soccer Second-Team All-District V)
PHIL MCCOLLAM (College Division Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country First-Team All-District V/Second Team All-America)
Matt Middendorf (College Division Baseball Second-Team All-District V)
Riley Weselowski (At-Large Second-Team All-District V)