Portsmouth, N.H. (June 6) -- Assumption College football senior captain Nick DiAntonio '12 (Milford, Mass./Milford) has been named as the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as selected by a committee of league administrators and faculty athletic representatives. DiAntonio is the ninth Assumption College student-athlete honored with this award, the most of any Northeast-10 Conference institution. In addition, he is also a finalist for the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which will be announced this summer by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
DiAntonio served as the valedictorian of the Class of 2012 at the Assumption College Commencement, held on Saturday, May 12 in Worcester, Mass. DiAntonio was followed on stage by Brian Kelly '83, former Assumption football captain, current head football coach at the University of Notre Dame and the 2012 Commencement Speaker.
DiAntonio was recently awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a prestigious award given to the top senior student-athletes from around the nation. He is now attending Boston College, where he is pursuing a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, as he aspires to become a high school teacher and a coach. He was also honored as a member of the National Football Foundation "Hampshire Honor Society" which recognizes the top senior scholar-athletes in all levels of college football.
At the Assumption College Athletics Awards Night held in May, DiAntonio earned the Rev. Armand Desautels A.A. Memorial Award, given to the top senior Assumption College Student-Athlete. On the field this season, DiAntonio ranked second in the Northeast-10 and 13th in the nation in tackles per game at 10.60. A team captain, he ended the season with 106 total tackles, including a 21-tackle performance against Southern Connecticut that tied the single-game school record.
For his efforts, DiAntonio has earned a number of conference and regional awards this season. A Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection, DiAntonio also received the Northeast-10 Conference Football Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award and was a unanimous Academic All-Conference selection. In addition, he was named as a Daktronics Second Team All-Region selection, as well as being named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Third Team. DiAntonio was recognized as the Worcester Area Football All-Stars Defensive Player of the Year, along with being named as a Worcester Area Football First Team All-Star.
DiAntonio is a double major in math and secondary education, as well as a theology minor at Assumption. He received the Assumption College Premier Student-Athlete Award for seven straight semesters for a perfect 4.0 GPA. In the Fall of 2011, DiAntonio was awarded the Ray Marion Award, which is given to a select group of students with the top GPAs in the Assumption senior class. In addition, he was recognized as a two-time Augustine Scholar, an award which is given at the Assumption College Honors Convocation each spring. Recipients of this merit scholarship are nominated by a faculty member or administrator on the basis of their high academic achievement, who have demonstrated initiative and creativity in co-curricular endeavors and who have demonstrated good character.