Recent Keuka College graduate Dakota Skinner (Waverly, N.Y.) continues to amass awards following his impressive academic and athletic career.
On the heels of being named a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, Dakota was honored by the North Eastern Athletic Conference as the male recipient of the 2017-18 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Member of the Year award. The female winner has not yet been announced.
Dakota, who just completed his senior year on the baseball team, majored in management with a concentration in sports management. Former Keuka College SAAC advisor Jon Accardi reflected on Dakota’s leadership with SAAC over the past three years.
“Dakota has spearheaded several new initiatives, including helping to gain funding for furniture enhancements for our Athletics Center lobby and setting up SAAC’s involvement in the operation of game concessions,” Accardi said. “He’s been a positive and vocal leader among his peers and is a compassionate, hard-working young man. Dakota’s successes speak for themselves. He is extremely deserving of this prestigious award.”
Dakota last month become the first Keuka College student-athlete to repeat honors as an Academic All-American when he was named to the third team for the second consecutive season.
Dakota had a strong end to his Keuka College career on the baseball diamond. He totaled 47 hits in his senior season, ranking second on the team and leading him to an All-North Eastern Athletic Conference selection. He closed his career with 126 career hits, tying for fourth-most in school history. He also had the third-best career batting average in school history, at .382.
Off the field, Dakota has excelled in the classroom. He graduated from Keuka College with a 3.92 grade point average. He was recognized with the Nancy Wightman Leadership Award at the Athletics Awards Ceremony at Keuka College, and was honored for his leadership abilities and work in the classroom. Dakota made the Dean’s List every semester at Keuka College and was a North Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete all four years. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, Sigma Beta Delta, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He also served as the North Eastern Athletic Conference representative at the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
Dakota was one of 10 players across Division III Baseball to repeat as an Academic All-American. He earned the honor as an outfielder last season and infielder this season. The other two Keuka College student-athletes to earn an Academic All-American selection were Aaron Quku, who was a second team at-large selection in 2004, and Ben Schreiber who was named Third Team Men’s Soccer Academic All-American in 2015.