Burdick Receives Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award
Derek Burdick, a 2012 graduate of Penn State DuBois has received the John Egli Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award from the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) for 2011-12. The PSUAC selected one male and one female recipient from over 1,300 student-athletes throughout the Commonwealth Campuses.
The award was established in honor of Assistant Professor John Egli in recognition of his dedication and devotion to the University, where he served as a student, athlete, faculty member and coach. Particularly significant were his service and contributions as the first Commonwealth Campus Coordinator of Athletics. Egli was responsible for establishing and developing the athletic programs currently enjoyed by countless students across the Penn State system, and served as athletic director and men’s basketball coach at Penn State DuBois.
To be considered for the award, a student must have had a distinguished athletic career in a campus athletic program, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, be a full-time, upper-class student, be active in other campus activities and exemplify high morals, leadership and outstanding character.
Burdick earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business Management while playing on the men's basketball team at Penn State DuBois for four years. He was diagnosed with a severe illness during his senior season, which kept him out of several games and limited his play in others. However, Burdick did not let his illness prohibit him from being a mentor to the younger players and a key contributor to the team's 2012 PSUAC Championship win.
Burdick has been recognized by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) as an Academic All-American three times during his career. He also served as team captain for two seasons.
"Derek's leadership on and off the court were invaluable to Coach Bennett and his staff," said Penn State DuBois Athletic Coordinator Ken Nellis.
Burdick is the son of Michelle and Paul Burdick of Coudersport, who were on hand at a luncheon at the State College Ramada Inn and Conference Center to see Derek receive his award.
The female selection for the John Egli award was Bobbie Caprice from Penn State Brandywine. Also honored at the luncheon was Penn State DuBois head men’s basketball coach Dave Bennett. Coach Bennett was selected as the PSUAC Coach of the Year for men's basketball. Bennett thanked his assistant coaches and his players for a year of hard work and achievement. He said he shares the award with all his players and staff.