Rossino, Curry Named to Scholar-Athlete Team

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Track & field athlete of the week

On the court, senior Katy Rossino of the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team and sophomore Austin Curry of the Mule men’s basketball team are responsible for helping lead their respective teams from their guard positions. Katy Rossino

But the similarities between the two go well beyond Memorial Hall. Both accounting majors, they have taken a lot of the same classes. They have both spent hours performing community service work. Most importantly, they have both excelled in the classroom while maintaining high levels of play on the court.

Because of their academic successes, Rossino and Curry were named to the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team at a luncheon at Starter’s Pub in Bethlehem.

Rossino has started all 14 games at point guard for the 12-2 Mules. She ranks third among active players with 103 assists and 60 steals in her career and has been named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll each of the past two seasons.

As for her future plans, she has already accepted an accounting position with Deloitte in Boston, which is good news for Curry.

A starter since he stepped on campus as a freshman last season, Curry ranks in the top 20 in the conference in scoring (10.4 ppg) and 3-pointers (1.73 pg). A two-time Scotty Wood all-tournament team selection, he leads active Mules with 68 career threes and finished one trey shy of the school’s freshman record.

He also hopes land a job with one of the “Big Four” accounting firms when he graduates in 2014, which is why he hopes to get an assist from Rossino. Austin Curry

“Hopefully she can help me out with an interview in a few years,” Curry joked. “I really look up to her. She’s everything I want to be when I’m a senior. She’s really successful both in basketball and in academics, and I hope to have a job lined up just like she does.”

Rossino said she would be glad to help him in any way she can. When asked which player on the men’s team she enjoys watching play, Curry was one of her answers because of the way he leads the team. But she added that those qualities also show off the court.

“He’s such a smart player, and that’s obviously because he’s a really smart guy,” Rossino said. “He’s always trying to help others and is doing all the right things. I like to give him a hard time, telling him how hard some of his professors are going to be. But he’s already really successful, and I would love to work with him someday.”

Scholar Athletes Grade Their Teams

Muhlenberg’s two Lehigh Valley Scholar Athletes are used to getting good grades, but how would they grade the first half of the season for their own teams?

Austin Curry gave the men’s team a B. “I believe we can become an A-caliber team,” he said. “Right now we’re really young and just trying to follow the leadership of our senior captain. Besides that, we have other great juniors and great freshmen. We’re just trying to work hard together, and I think by the end of the year we’ll be where we want to be.”

Katy Rossino gave the women’s team an A-minus. "We’ve done very well, but we have a lot of things to improve on,” she said. “And we plan to do that going forward.”

The women’s team fell to No. 14 in both the poll and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association poll.

For all of the smart play and leadership Rossino provides on the court, she also knows when to loosen up.

And it's that ability to lighten even the most tense of situations with a joke that Coach Ron Rohn said he will miss the most next season.

“Katy Rossino has been a great leader for us; it’s no surprise she has led us to a 12-2 start,” he said. “She’s a really bright individual and is very intelligent.

“She also has a tremendous sense of humor, very quick wit. She’s great with the one-liners - almost always at the head coach’s expense. I’ll miss K-Ro a lot next year because I won’t have anybody to keep me in line quite the way she does.”

Luckily for men’s Coach Scott McClary, he still gets to coach Curry for two-and-a-half more seasons.

But as much as he enjoys watching his guard grow from a basketball standpoint, it’s how Curry conducts himself outside the game that McClary said makes him special.

“His academic accomplishments speak for themselves, but he’s just as accomplished on the court,” McClary said. “He leads our team in community service hours off the court and has always handled himself with incredible character.

“Probably the greatest compliment that I could give him is I’ve got three young boys at home. And as hard as I do my job at Muhlenberg, I work even harder to raise those three kids the right way. And we don’t have a better role model than Austin. If I could get my kids to grow up to be like Austin, then I’ve done a heck of a job.”