Mark Coulter and Jeff Wine, two members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball team, were recently selected to the Verizon Academic All-District IV First Team for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.
Coulter, a junior from Lewistown, Pennsylvania, was one of three pitchers selected to the All-District IV First Team that is comprised of athletes from NCAA Division II, III, and NAIA colleges in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The former standout at Lewistown Area High School has posted an 8-3 record with a 3.74 earned run average. Coulter, who leads the team with 74 2/3 innings pitched, has recorded 54 strikeouts and issued just nine walks. Offensively, he is batting .375 with 10 home runs, 30 runs scored, and 51 runs batted in.
A biology/secondary education major, Coulter has compiled a 3.635 grade point average. He has been named to the MVNC Dean's List (3.50 grade point average or higher) six semesters, and he is a nominee for the NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association All-America Scholar-Athlete Teams this season.
Wine, a senior from Bourbonnais, Illinois, was one of three outfielders selected to the All-District IV First Team. The former Bradley-Bourbonnais High School star is currently batting .387 with 11 doubles, five home runs, and 36 RBI. He also leads the team with 53 runs scored and a school-record tying eight triples.
A biology/pre-medicine major, Wine has posted a 3.605 grade point average. He has been named to the MVNC Dean's List five semesters, and he was an NAIA and NCCAA All-America Scholar-Athlete last year. He is also a two-time Verizon Academic All-District IV Second Team selection (1999 and 2000).
The Verizon Academic All-District IV First and Second Teams are chosen by the vote of the sports information directors at all the colleges in the district. In order to be nominated, an athlete must be at least a sophomore with a grade point average of 3.20 or higher.