Joe Rocco of the men’s basketball team and Emily Pany of the women’s volleyball team were selected as IUP Scholar-Athletes of the Year for 2011–2012.
The award is given annually to two seniors, one in men’s sports and one in women’s, based on academic and athletic achievements and community service work.
Pany took a 3.71 grade-point average as a history education major into the final semester of her college career.
She has also emerged as one of the top defensive players in the nation in her four-year career, earning a pair of All-Atlantic Region berths from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
As a senior last Fall, she led the PSAC and ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 6.62 digs per set, and her total of 741 digs ranks second on the IUP single-season list.
The three-year starter broke the IUP and PSAC record for career digs with 2,670.
Rocco has a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average through his first seven semesters at IUP. The Biology major will attend medical school in the Fall to study infectious diseases and immunology. He has narrowed his choices to Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh.
On the court, Rocco played in thirty of thirty-two games during his senior season and was a key reserve on a team that won its second straight PSAC West and PSAC tournament title and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Atlantic Region tournament.
He scored 39 points, grabbed 38 rebounds, made 18 steals, and dished out 13 assists during the 2010-2011 campaign.
Rocco was also a recipient of the PSAC Top 10 award this past season for combined academic and athletic excellence.
Find more information on the IUP Athletics website: “Joe Rocco, Emily Pany Named IUP Scholar-Athletes of the Year at Annual Athletics Awards Banquet.”