Matt Brown Earns Capital One Academic All-America Honors

Matt Brown becomes 10th Wave to capture Academic All-America honors

June 6, 2013


MALIBU, Calif. – Matt Brown
capped his four-year career at Pepperdine with one of the nation’s highest honors for scholarship with selection to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I men’s at-large team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A sports medicine major, Brown posted a 3.83 cumulative GPA in his career in Malibu.

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.

Pepperdine Capital One Academic All-America Selections

1972 Pete Nicholson, baseball, 3rd team
1989 Rick Hirtensteiner, baseball, 1st team
1989 Randy Bergstedt, men’s at-large, 2nd team
1991 Anna Brunstrom, women’s at-large, 2nd team
1993 Lars Herne, men’s at-large, 1st team
1998 Alan Herrmann, men’s at-large, 1st team
2001 Clint Olson, men’s at-large, 3rd team
2002 Clint Olson, men’s at-large, 2nd team
2008 Jonathan Winder, men’s at-large, 3rd team
2012 Matt Brown, men’s at-large, 3rd team



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