PISCATAWAY, NJ - Senior Trevor O'Grady (Wood Ridge, NJ) of the Rutgers men's track and field team has been named the prestigious BIG EAST/Aéropostale Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced today.
O'Grady, who will receive a $4,000 scholarship which may be applied to graduate or professional studies, was chosen for the BIG EAST/Aéropostale Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award from a pool of 15 candidates which encompassed athletes from the 10 BIG EAST men's sports (excluding football and men's basketball).
O'Grady is one of the Scarlet Knights' most versatile multi-event performers, holding the school record in both the indoor heptathlon (5,340 points) and outdoor decathlon (7,212 points). O'Grady has gotten off to a tremendous start this season, provisionally qualifying for the 2006 Indoor NCAA Championships with a 5,277-point performance at the Princeton Relays (1/15/06).
Last season, O'Grady helped guide the Scarlet Knights to a pair of its best indoor finishes in school history, including a first-ever team title at the 2005 Indoor IC4A Championships. He captured first place in the heptathlon at the IC4A with 5,340 points, setting both the school and meet records. A month prior, O'Grady was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the Indoor BIG EAST Championships as he propelled RU to a second-place showing, the team's best finish in school history.
O'Grady also became a BIG EAST Outdoor Champion in the decathlon as he secured the crown in school-record fashion, scoring 7,212 points at the 2004 conference championships. In addition, he was a 2004 NCAA outdoor qualifier in the decathlon and a 2005 NCAA indoor qualifier in the heptathlon.
A four-year member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team, O'Grady has excelled in the classroom. A double major in biological sciences and economics, he plans to pursue post graduate work in the area of environmental policy. O'Grady has earned Director's Honor Roll recognition every semester from 2001 through the present and Dean's List honors on seven occasions. He is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) and Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.
A pillar of the community, O'Grady has dedicated countless hours of his time to various community service endeavors. He has spoken at high school awards dinners at the Bergen County YMCA, honoring local student-athletes, as well as volunteered in the Rutgers dance marathon to raise money for cancer charities. Since 2001, O'Grady has also served as an informal tutor for various subjects, including econometrics, pre-calculus, and general physics.
“Trevor came in as a non-scholarship athlete and developed into a national caliber decathlete,” said head men's track and field coach Mike Mulqueen. “Becoming a BIG EAST and IC4A Champion, and now being named the BIG EAST/Aéropostale Scholar-Athlete, is a testament to how hard he works. He truly epitomizes what a student-athlete should be.”
O'Grady will look to defend his BIG EAST indoor heptathlon title when the 27th edition of the conference championships kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Athletics Field House in Akron, OH.