May 17, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova University Athletic Department announced the 2010 Senior Student-Athletes of the Year at the Senior Student-Athlete Banquet held on Thursday May, 13 at the Connelly Center. Football's Angelo Babbaro earned the Male Student-Athlete of the Year, while Nicole Schappert of track & field and cross country garnered the Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Babbaro, who is a native of Canfield, Ohio, graduated this past weekend with a 3.6 GPA in economics. A running back, Babbaro helped the Wildcats to the FCS National Championship in 2009 by tallying 69 carries for 442 yards and six touchdowns, 16 receptions for 185 yards and one touchdown and three kickoffs for 63 yards. His best effort of the season came in the team's 46-7 quarterfinal playoff win over New Hampshire when he rushed for a career-high 148 yards. A three-time member of the CAA All-Academic Team, Babbaro is also a two-time District II All-Academic Team selection. Babbaro will return to Villanova for the 2010 season as a fifth-year senior.
A native of Delray Beach, Fla, Schappert graduated on Sunday with a degree in Marketing with an impressive 3.94 GPA. A three-time All-American, Schappert was a member of the 2009 Wildcat cross country team that captured the National Championship. During the indoor track & field season, she ran a leg on the Big East 4x800 championship squad and she ran the anchor leg on the DMR squad that set a Big East Championship indoor record. She finished sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 3,000 meter run to earn All-American honors.
The Senior Student-Athlete of the Year is given to the top male and female Villanova student-athlete who excel in athletics, academics and community service. The winner must have at least a 3.2 GPA, in addition to being a significant contributor to his/her team.