DANBURY, Conn. – Recent Loyola University Maryland graduate
Franz Rassman, a three-year starter on the Greyhounds men’s basketball team,
was named the ECAC Division I Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The honor was
officially recognized Thursday night at the ECAC Honors Dinner at the Matrix
Conference & Banquet Center.
Rassman graduated in May with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance while compiling a 3.941 grade-point average. He has begun his professional career as an investment banking analyst at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. in Washington, D.C.
He was also named the Corvias Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in July, an honor given to the one student-athlete from the league in all sports each year.
The ECAC Scholar-Athlete Award honors the outstanding academic and athletic achievements of student-athletes representing ECAC schools in Division I, II and III. One male and one female athlete from each division are selected based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service.
Student-athletes from all ECAC member schools were eligible for the award. The regional organization stretches from Maine to Georgia and as far west as Missouri with schools from all three NCAA divisions.
“Franz was the definition of a scholar-athlete during his four years at Loyola,” Greyhounds head coach G.G. Smith said. “This award is a tremendous reflection on the hard work and dedication he showed as a Greyhound. Franz applied himself at the highest levels in the classroom, the weight room and on the court over his four years, and we are very proud of him. He is going to be a great business professional, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Rassman was also named the Patriot League Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in March, and he garnered mention on the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the third year in a row. He was also recognized for the third-straight season as a CoSIDA Academic All-District performer, the first Loyola men’s basketball player to receive that distinction in as many seasons.
On the court, Rassman started the last 78 games of his career and played in all but one during his career. He averaged 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds as a senior. He finished his career at Loyola tied for second all-time in games played (124), ninth in blocked shots (69), 22nd in field-goal percentage (.4776) and 23rd in rebounds (453).
The native of Washington, D.C., is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Chi Alpha Sigma, the national business and national college athlete honor societies. He also is a two-time recipient of the Sellinger School of Business Academic Achievement Award.
As a student, Rassman completed two internships, one for Morgan Stanley and another for Gold & Co. Commercial Real Estate. He also is Bloomberg certified in fixed income securities and Morningstar Direct.
Rassman was a two-time team captain for the Greyhounds, and he also worked as a member of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. With that group, he volunteered with the York Road Initiative and helped coordinate a food drive that set a record delivery to the Maryland Food Bank.