FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart football graduate student Noah Provenzano was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 1 Football First Team, as announced by the organization on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Provenzano wins his first career CoSIDA Academic All-District honor and becomes the third player in program history to earn the distinctive academic honor. This announcement makes Provenzano immediately eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, which will be voted on by the CoSIDA membership and announced in December.
Provenzano graduated with a bachelor's degree in May 2019 and is currently enrolled in MBA program with a concentration in business. Provenzano is the only member of the 27-member All-District 1 First Team currently enrolled in graduate school while he owns a cumulative 3.67 GPA. He joins three-time Academic All-District recipient Andrew O'Neill (2016-18) and Sean Bell (2014) as the only three players in program history to earn the academic honor.
Provenzano is one of 27 student-athletes named to the District 1 First Team which is comprised of NCAA Division I institutions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important contributor with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and must be in at least their sophomore season. Once the nominations are received, CoSIDA membership then vote on deserving candidates for All-District.
On the field, Provenzano has been a major contributor to the Pioneers' six-win campaign thus far in 2019 as he is third on the team in tackles (44) and tied for the team-lead with 3 INT while he also has four pass breakups which is fourth on the team through his nine games played. Provenzano is coming off one of the best games of his career as he snagged a pair of interceptions, one of which he took back 59 yards for a touchdown. His two interceptions were part of a dominating effort wherein the Pioneers matched a school record with eight takeaways (4 INT, 4 FR) on their way to 41 unanswered second half points in a 41-7 home win over Wagner.
Provenzano and the Pioneers are back in action at home on Saturday for their final home game of the 2019 season with a matchup against Lehigh at Noon. The Pioneers will honor their senior Class of 2020 members prior to the start of the Senior Day game.