SEWARD, Neb. – For the second year in a row, both Patricio Esquivel and Javier Moreno have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Esquivel and Moreno hail from Morelia, Mexico. Esquivel earned his degree in marketing while Moreno got his in computer science and mathematics. Moreno also picked up All-GPAC accolades for his play in doubles.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 109 men’s tennis student-athletes across the nation were named 2017 Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.
Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,256 and counting (27 for the fall athletics season). The 2015-16 season produced a GPAC best 92 Bulldog scholar-athletes and a national best 20 NAIA Scholar-Teams. The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).
2017 Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athletes
Patricio Esquivel, Sr. | Morelia, Mexico | Marketing
Javier Moreno, Sr. | Morelia, Mexico | Computer Science/Mathematics