Mitko '16 is football program's first Academic All-American
Hamilton College’s Alex Mitko ’16 (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton HS) has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football Team
Mitko, a second-team selection at defensive back, was one of 48 student-athletes named to the Academic All-America Team. He is the first Continental football player to ever earn academic all-America honors.
A neuroscience and sociology major with a grade-point average of 3.90, he was named to the academic all-America team after earning first-team honors on the District 3 All-Academic Team.
Mitko started every game at strong safety during his four-year career. He was the Continentals’ leading tackler this fall with 59 total stops, including a team-leading 43 solo tackles. He led the Hamilton secondary in tackles for loss with 7.5. In 32 career games, Mitko recorded 191 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 14 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.
Mitko is a three-year member of the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team and earned first-team academic all-district honors as a junior and senior. He has received Hamilton’s Charles A. Dana Prize Scholarship (a convocation award for academic achievement, character and leadership) and Coleman Burke Prize Scholarship (a Charter Day award for academics, broad based extra-curricular involvement and leadership in the campus community).
Mitko created Hamilton Healthcare Network, a student-run group to help local community members learn about and sign up for the Affordable Care Act. He has been a teaching assistant for chemistry and biology labs as well as neuroscience classes. Mitko conducted a two-semester neuroscience independent research program and has hosted a weekly radio show on the campus radio station.
The Academic All-America Team is chosen by members of CoSIDA and honors student-athletes who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30. Mitko’s selection marks the 14th time a Continental has earned academic all-America recognition.