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David Vassilaros David Vassilaros, a former Muhlenberg College men’s soccer player, received the NCAA postgraduate scholarship for his outstanding performance on the field, in the classroom as well as outside the classroom.

In order to qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated.

The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

The NCAA awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $6,900 to both men and women who participated in fall sports and Vassilaros was one of 29 men who had the opportunity to receive this prestigious honor. He was an economics major who graduated in December with a 3.9 grade-point average.

Vassilaros is the ninth NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient in the history of Muhlenberg, and the first in the sport of soccer. The last Muhlenberg student-athletes to earn postgraduate scholarships were Mike Hoffman and Elaine Gratrix in 1991.

Vassilaros transferred to Muhlenberg from Brigham Young, where he played on the national club championship team. He also had an opportunity to play soccer in Sweden for a few years. At Muhlenberg, he played for three years earning several honors including first-team Academic All-American, the first in the history of Muhlenberg men’s soccer. Not only was Vassilaros a full-time student, but he also was a full-time volunteer for the Church of Latter-day Saints, where he worked with teenagers while attending college.


The Muhlenberg distance medley relay team of juniors Brian Cash, Josh Cohen and Ben Phillips and senior Will Elson finished fifth at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by DePauw.

Individually, Elson placed third in his heat of the 1,500 meters to qualify for the final, scheduled for Saturday at 3:00.

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By coming in fifth, Cash, Cohen, Phillips and Elson became the first All-Americans in the history of Muhlenberg track and field. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-America status.

The Mules, who had the fastest qualifying time, crossed the line in 10:16.03, behind three Wisconsin schools (Oshkosh, La Crosse and Eau Claire) and Trinity (Conn.). The pace of the race was very slow from the start, and the winning time of 10:10.07 was almost 10 seconds slower than Muhlenberg’s qualifying time of 10:01.59, which stands as the fastest time in Division III for the 2003 season.

“Everyone was really tentative,” said Phillips, who ran the 800-meter leg. “We did all we could for each other and ran our butts off. That’s all we could ask for. Fifth-best in the country is fine with us!”

Elson has to finish ahead of two runners in the 1,500 final to earn a second All-America honor. He came into the race with the ninth-fastest qualifying time but had the third-best time in the trials, 3:56.90. Elson ran in the fast heat, as all seven runners in his heat qualified for the final.

Click here for the official tournament site.

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Last updated March 14, 2003