Alumni Connections, April 2010: IUP Men’s Basketball Team’s Outstanding Season

Posted on 4/21/2010 9:26:53 AM

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship Game

The IUP Alumni Association congratulates Coach Joe Lombardi and the men’s basketball team on an outstanding season. The team played in last month’s NCAA Division II national championship game in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Capturing both the PSAC and NCAA Atlantic Region championship titles, the team set a school record for victories during its 33–3 season. In addition, congratulations go to junior Joe Rocco, who was named the recipient of the NCAA Elite 88 Academic Award for Division II men’s basketball. This award is presented to one athlete at each of the eighty-eight national championships sponsored by the NCAA and is based on undergraduate cumulative grade-point average. Rocco, of Northern Cambria, has a 3.949 grade-point average through his first five semesters at IUP. He is a Biology major who plans on attending medical school following his graduation in May 2011.

As IUP alumni, we are proud of the national recognition our alma mater continues to gain. More than three million people watched the NCAA Division II national championship game, and that kind of exposure make an IUP degree even more valuable. Here are just a few more reasons to show and share your IUP pride.

Catch The Run for the Championship, an IUP Magazine Web Exclusive. And watch your in-box for game highlights, which we will be sending next week.

Go, Hawks!

Mary Jo Lyttle ’86, M’89
Executive Director, IUP Alumni Association