Dec. 7, 2017
by Tony Jones
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- University of Notre Dame men's soccer standouts Jeff Farina and Jack Casey have been tabbed to 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday. Farina was a first-team selection, while Casey was named to the second team for Division I men's soccer.
The Irish duo are the 15th and 16th Notre Dame men's soccer players to claim CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors since 1995. Some 13 Irish recipients of Academic All-America scrolls have played for Notre Dame dating back to the 2001 campaign. Farina is the seventh first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection for Notre Dame all-time, and the first Irish player on the top team since both Patrick Hodan and Michael Shipp earned the distinction in 2015.
Farina has maintained a 3.41 GPA as a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business, and has previously been named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 2014 and ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2016.
Casey had carried a perfect 4.00 GPA as an economics major in the Mendoza College of Business, and is a two-time Dean's List recipient. He was also named to the 2016 ACC Academic Honor Roll as part of his outstanding academic achievement.
Tony Jones, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2012 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame softball and men's soccer programs. A native of Jamestown, New York, Jones is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and prior to arriving at Notre Dame held positions at the University of Louisiana Monroe and with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.