AUSTIN, Texas – For the second-consecutive academic year, Northern Arizona University's Caleb Hoover was named to College Sports Information Directors of America's (CoSIDA) 2016 Academic All-American team Friday morning.
Hoover graduated from NAU last May with undergraduate degree in biomedical science and an impressive 3.97 cumulative GPA. Currently enrolled in the human relations program as a graduate student, Hoover has continued his excellence in the classroom, maintaining a spotless 4.00 GPA.
"I come from a family where we really weren't allowed to get B's ever, so that has always been my mindset," said Hoover. "I want to go to medical school once I am finished running competitively, so I knew I had to keep my grades up for that."
This is just another accolade in a long line of academic accomplishments for the Joplin, Mo., native, as Hoover also garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition for the second straight year and was selected as the Big Sky's Male Scholar-Athlete award winner earlier this month.
Additionally, Hoover was named a USTFCCCA Academic All-American during the 2014 cross country season and NAU's Co-Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015. The latter of the two accomplishments presented Hoover with the Golden Eagle Award: the most prestigious academic honor there is at NAU.
"I never really put much thought into the balance of being a student and an athlete because I always thought it was just something you had to do," said Hoover. "I just put my head down and worked hard."
Hoover competed for the final time in an NAU jersey this past outdoor track and field year, and certainly made it count. The redshirt-senior pieced together an incredible season, one that culminated with his second outdoor conference title in the men's 3000m steeplechase and his third appearance at NCAA West Prelims, where he was able to punch a ticket to his second-career NCAA Championships.
At NCAA's, he bested his career-best mark in the steeple during the semis, running an NAU record time of 8:33.77, and advanced to finals where he finished 12th with second-team All-America honors.
For his career, Hoover is a three-time All-American and has been a part of 12 Big Sky Conference championship teams between cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.
"When I came into NAU, I really didn't know how good I was going to be or how the college scene was going to look like," said Hoover. "I learned, though, that you have to focus on both athletics and school; you can't be just completely one dimensional. It has meant a lot to me to compete collegiately, and I've had a good run here at NAU."