Nov. 15, 2001
To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore starter or significant reserve on her team with a 3.20 cumulative grade point average. The District I Team is compiled from NCAA Division I teams from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Cooper has had an impressive season for the Bears on the court, leading the team with a .264 hitting percentage and 3.84 kills per game. She has played in all 91 games for the Bears this season, earning Ivy League Player of the Week on October 15. Cooper is junior at Brown University, and is concentrating in Public & Private Sector Organization.
This year marks the 50th year of the Academic All-America program, as the inaugural team was announced on December 6, 1952. Since that time, more than 12,000 students have been named Academic All-America team members at colleges and universities at all levels for every recognized NCAA sport. The program's popularity resulted in a significant expansion for the current academic year, as 816 student-athletes (a 19 percent increase over the previous highest number) will be selected to 12 different Academic All America teams during the 2001-02 academic season.