July 31, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola golfer Michael Mulieri has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year, the MAAC office announced today. Mulieri, the MAAC golf champion this past season, received the award for his achievements on and off the golf course during the year.
"To be named MAAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year is a wonderful accomplishment," said Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "Mike is an outstanding student and role model in addition to being an extraordinary golfer. He is a great representative of the College and personifies its Jesuit ideals."
Mulieri led Loyola to the conference crown and the NCAA Tournament with rounds of 74-67-70 at the MAAC Championships in Orlando, Fla. Muleiri, who became the school's fourth McLeod Award winner in the past six years, won three events during the 2007-08 campaign.
Overall, his golfing accomplishments included individual titles at the LaCrosse Homes Collegiate and the Carlton Oaks Invitational. Mulieri posted a final-round 69 to win the LaCrosse tournament and scored a three-round 219 at Carlton Oaks. He also posted a runner-up finish at the Fort Lauderdale Spring Classic and notched four Top-3 finishes in five spring tournaments.
"Mike is a special kid," said Loyola Golf Coach Tom Beidleman. "His successes on the golf course and in the classroom are indicative of the hard work he has put forth."
During the year, the MAAC handed out a pair of Golfer of the Month awards in addition to its MAAC Golfer of the Year award. Mulieri claimed each MAAC Golfer of the Month award en route to his Golfer of the Year designation. He was also named to the MAAC All-Academic Team and was named to Loyola's Green and Grey Society - an exclusive honor for rising seniors.
"I'm honored," said Mulieri upon hearing about the award. "It was a great year and with more practice and dedication, next year will even be better."
Muleiri, who will return to Loyola as the team's senior captain in 2008-09, won the Maryland State Amateur Tournament in June.