CACC SELECTS YOCUM AND BURCHAM AS 2008-09 SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
NEW HAVEN, CT (July 7, 2009) - Mike Yocum of Philadelphia University and Danielle Burcham of Wilmington University have been chosen the 2008-09 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Scholar-Athletes of the Year in an announcement made today by Commissioner Dan Mara. Yocum is a rising senior on the Philadelphia men's basketball team, while Burcham is entering her senior year as a member of the Wildcat women's cross country team. The two student-athletes are now eligible for the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (DII CCA) Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards.
Yocum, who hails from Dresher, PA, has enjoyed tremendous success in his two years at Philadelphia both on the court and in the classroom. He enters his senior year with a 3.95 grade-point average as a marketing major and earned a spot the 2008-09 CACC Winter All-Academic team. He is a member of the Dean's List at Philadelphia and was named to the 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men's Basketball team.
Yocum, a 6-8 center, was named to the All-CACC second team, the CACC All-Tournament team and helped lead the Rams to their second straight conference championship this past season. The squad earned a berth to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament and concluded the season with a 25-6 record. He averaged 10.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per-game and ranked 14th in the country with an average of 2.52 blocks per-game. Yocum started every game and logged an average of 35.0 minutes per-contest.
Burcham, from Bel Air, MD, finished her junior year with a 3.92 GPA as an Interactive Multimedia Design major. She has been named to the CACC All-Academic team twice and is a two-time United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic selection. Furthermore, she was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 2 first-team in 2008-09, becoming the first Wilmington student-athlete to earn the accolade.
Burcham set a school record when she captured the 2008 CACC Individual Championship, covering the 5k course at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia in 19:38. She followed that by placing 14th at the NCAA East Region Championship, becoming just the second CACC runner to earn All-Region honors. Burcham placed among the top 15 in every race in 2008 was an All-CACC selection for the third straight season.