Jaguars Will Paton awarded Academic All-District

UHV’s Paton earns CoSIDA academic honor

VICTORIA, Texas– University of Houston-Victoria’s Will Paton has been selected to the 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 NAIA Division at-large first team.

The 2021 Academic All-District® At-Large Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

The At-Large Division is comprised of athletes nominated in golf, competitive cheer and dance, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, men’s volleyball and wrestling.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second-, and third-team (when selected) Academic All-America honorees will be announced in early August.

Paton earned recognition to the NAIA division on Thursday and was one of five members of the UHV men’s and women’s golf teams nominated for the award. Other nominees included Benjamin Lake and Max Schliesing from the men’s golf team and Mia Lerma and Jenna Alvarado from the women’s golf team.

He is the 13th UHV student-athlete to earn recognition on the all-district level since 2011. UHV has also had at least one student-athlete named to the team each of the past six years.

Paton, a key member of the UHV men’s team that reached the NAIA National Championship Tournament this past spring, will now advance to the Academic All-America ballot.

To be nominated, student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form, must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and complete one full calendar year at their current school.

Patton, a sophomore, wrapped up his second season with the Jaguars and is a Business major with a 4.00 GPA.

He has excelled in the classroom as well as on the course while at UHV earning recognition five times on the Dean’s List and four times on the President’s List. He is also a 2020 Red River Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete.

On the course, he has a 74.38 career scoring average at UHV and earn all-conference first-team honors in 2020 in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference. He finished fifth at the 2021 A.i.i. Championships and paced the Jaguars to a 14th-place finish at the NAIA National Championships where he finished tied for 39th.

District 4 is comprised of NAIA schools that are members of CoSIDA in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Canada.