Matt Brown Earns Capital One Academic All-America Honors
June 6, 2013
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Brown (Bellevue, Wash./Brown Academy) earned a spot on the third team and becomes the first Wave to earn national honors since 2008 and is just the 10th overall selection for Pepperdine. Alan Herrmann, U.S. Water Polo’s National Player of the Year in 1997, is the only other water polo player to capture Academic All-American honors in program history, capturing first team accolades in 1998.
“This is an honor that I will treasure,” Brown said. "I am grateful to everyone at Pepperdine who helped and encouraged me throughout my college career.”
Brown turned in a solid four-year career with the Waves and provided stability and leadership during his time in Malibu. In the pool he recorded 29 career goals, including a hat trick against Harvard, and was a perennial standout in the classroom, earning three CoSIDA all-district and three All-MPSF academic accolades since his arrival in Malibu.
There were many challenges along the way for Brown, who endured two heart surgeries and played his final two seasons with a deviated septum, originally broken in a 2011 exhibition match against the U.S. National Team. The two-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete of the Year competed in 95 career matches for the Waves.
A three-year member of Pepperdine’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Brown served as vice president of the organization and was a four-year representative of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). Brown also traveled to Fiji in 2012 on a medical mission with the Pepperdine international program and worked in a medical clinic teaching health and sports to local schoolchildren.
SCHROEDER SET FOR ENSHRINEMENT NEXT WEEK: Pepperdine head coach and water polo legend Dr. Terry Schroeder will be the first Wave to be inducted into the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, June 12, at the Marriott World Center during the upcoming CoSIDA and NACDA conventions.
A six-time Olympian (two as head coach), Schroeder was a three-time All-American water polo player for the Waves. He set school records that still stand for goals in a career (392) and season (138 in 1978), and led the nation in scoring in both 1977 and 1978. He was a sports medicine major who graduated magna cum laude with a 3.80 grade-point average in 1981.
He's being inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in the "honorary" category, which celebrates individuals that would surely have been Academic All-Americans had the program existed for their sport at the time they competed.