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Miller first Bethel basketball player to receive regional academic award

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College men’s basketball player Jacob Miller, senior from Westmoreland, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 Team earlier this month.

Miller is the first Thresher basketball player to receive this award, which recognizes both achievement in the classroom and on the court.

At the time the award was announced, Miller led the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in rebounding, with 218 total boards and an average of 8.72 per game.

He particularly excels in offensive rebounding, where his average of 3.2 per game ranks 14th in the entire National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In his senior year, Miller has shattered all previous season highs and averages, and has crossed the threshold into the 500-Point Club at Bethel.

CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America, was founded in 1952. The 3,000-plus-member national organization comprises sports public relations, media relations and communications and information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.

The 2016–17 academic year marks the organization’s 60th year, making it the second oldest management association in all of intercollegiate athletics.

Academic All-District® awards can only be given to students who have been nominated by their school’s sports information director (SID) if s/he is a member of CoSIDA.

Academic All-District® Teams place student-athletes in up to eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. District 3 in the “College Division” covers Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

This is the sixth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program, as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded “University” team includes NCAA Division I, II and III participants, while the “College” team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

“This award is significant in that it takes into account the student’s academic proficiency, as well as their statistics on the court or field,” said Bethel SID Joshua Booth. “Jacob Miller has been selected as one of 24 men’s basketball players in the entire NAIA who are exemplary in both of these areas.”

Miller will now be up for an Academic All-America® award, with voting results to be released at a later date.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

In sports, Bethel is part of the 12-school KCAC and the NAIA. For more information, see

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