Nick Delio, Jillian Stapf Honored as Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes

March 10, 2011

By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)

Anaheim, Calif. - Nick Delio and Jillian Stapf certainly fit the description of student-athletes.

Not only are Delio and Stapf exceptional athletes competing for Cal State Northridge, they are also exceptional students in the classroom and valued members of the community.

For their exceptional achievements, Delio and Stapf were honored by the Big West Conference along with 16 other Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year at a breakfast ceremony on Thursday morning at the Crown Plaza Anaheim Resort Hotel.

Delio, a senior who is majoring in Criminology, is one of the top collegiate golfers in the United States. Last year, Delio gained All-American honors by virtue of his success on the golf course. Delio was the 2010 NCAA Southwest Regional Champion, and gained his third straight Big West Conference All-Conference honor. His other honors included the CSUN Team Sportsman Award.

During the Fall of 2010, Delio compiled a 70.8 stroke average, lowest by an individual in Cal State Northridge history.

In 2008, Delio captured the California State Amateur championship. In 2009 and again in 2010, Delio won the Southern California Match Play Championship.

Delio's academic honors have included being a 2010 Academic All-American and a two-time member of the CSUN Varsity `N Honor Roll.

Delio, who hails from Valencia, Ca., plans on qualifying for the PGA Tour in the Fall of 2011.

Delio will graduate from Cal State Northridge in the summer of 2011.

"Nick (Delio) is one of those rare athletes who has been able to balance athletics and academics at a high level," said CSUN head golf coach Jim Bracken. "Nick is a great role model to his teammates as he constantly displays his commitment to both to golf and his school work."

Stapf, a water polo goalkeeper, gained All-American honors three times, was a two-time All-Big West Conference selection and was named 2010 Big West Water Polo Player of the Year.

Stapf holds the career and single season saves record with 1,305 and 387 saves, respectively.

Stapf, who will graduate this spring from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Kinesiology, gained All-American Academic honors three times and was a two-time recipient of the CSUN Varsity `N Honor Roll.

Stapf, a member of SAAC, has interned at the Brown Center of Achievement and as a volunteer at the Santa Monica Spine and Health, and has mentored and tutored at the Academic Services for Student-Athletes at Cal State Northridge.

Stapf's future goals include obtaining her Master's degree and being an Athletic Trainer.

"Jill (Stapf) has done an outstanding job at Cal State Northridge both as an Academic All-American in the classroom and an All-American in the pool," according to CSUN head water polo coach Marcelo Leonardi. "She is an exceptional student-athlete who leads through her actions. We are proud to have her represent the University, the Athletic Department, and the women's water polo program."

Stapf hails from Hudsonville, Mi.