June 21, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Nathan Corder, a senior on the University of Alabama cross country and track and field teams, has been named a first team Capital One Academic All-American for the second consecutive season, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A three-time Academic All-American after earning third-team honors as a sophomore, Corder boasts a perfect 4.0 grade point average in mathematics.
In addition to competing in all six of the cross country team’s meets in 2012 and scoring at the SEC and NCAA South Region Championships, he was also a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and recipient of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Corder has also been honored for his work in the community as a finalist for the SEC Davis Community Service Award. Meanwhile, he had one of his top seasons on the track this year, setting personal bests in the 1,500 meters, mile and 3,000 meters.
In 2011, he won the NCAA’s Elite 88 Award at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, awarded annually to the participant competing at an NCAA Championship with the highest grade point average.
While pursuing his degree in mathematics, he also conducted research in non-profit fundraising, for which he took top honors at the UA Undergraduate Research Conference, and has served as the vice president and secretary/treasurer of the UA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In addition to his athletic and academic accomplishments, Corder boasts the most community service hours of any UA male athlete and has spearheaded various community service initiatives in Tuscaloosa, including partnering with Convoy of Hope to deliver and distribute more than 200,00 pounds of food, water and supplies to areas affected by the devastating tornado that swept through Tuscaloosa in April 2011.
The Pickerington, Ohio, native is the eighth UA student-athlete to earn Academic All-America status this season, which matches the school record set in 2010-11.