AUSTIN, Texas — Senior first baseman Cole Critchfield has been named to the Academic All-America Second Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Critchfield becomes the program's first to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. He previously made history as the first to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors following a stellar four-year career on the field while also succeeding in the classroom.
In four seasons with the Knights, Critchfield finished his senior season leading the team in hits (21), doubles (six), and batting average (.389). Critchfield in the 2018-19 season tied a career-high in hits and RBIs with four each against Eastern Mennonite. In his second season, Critchfield was named All-CAC First Team and VaSID All-State Second Team after leading the team in hits (49), RBIs (34) and batting average (.353). He ended his freshman season leading the team and finished fourth in the CAC with a .390 batting average. He played in 122 career games for the Knights, producing 171 hits, 104 RBIs, 34 doubles, nine homers, and a stellar .360 batting average, hitting over .320 in all four seasons while drawing 48 walks and stole 29 bases.
The Star Valley, Wyoming, native graduated with a degree in computer science while also elevating the University's athletics brand by generating eye-catching visual graphics for social media and was a four-time Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) All-Academic recipient. Critchfield recently accepted a position as the Creative and Brand Manager at PASS for Kids — a non-profit organization in Pheonix, Arizona.
The Division III Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Division III Academic All-America® teams.
Full 2020 Academic All-America® Division III baseball teams here.