The East Coast Conference announced the 2017-2018 Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, as well as the Scholar-Athletes of the Year for all of its sponsored sports at the ECC Awards Dinner on June 4th in Bridgeport, CT.
Andreu Ferragut-Lluch (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) of the St. Thomas Aquinas men's tennis team was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ferragut, a senior biology major with a 3.92 GPA, was named an ECC All-Conference First Team selection after compiling a record of 14-5 in singles and 12-6 in doubles during the 2017-2018 season.
Ferragut-Lluch became the first player in program history to eclipse the 100 career win plateau, is now the current leader in singles, doubles and combined wins, and holds the single-season record in singles (17), doubles (16) and combined (33) wins.
To go along with his First Team selection, Andreu wraps his Spartan Career with an All-Conference Second Team honor in 2015-2016, and career competition records of 109-48 (combined), 60-21 (singles), 49-27 (doubles) and a 29-13 (15-6 singles/14-7 doubles) mark within ECC play.
Ferragut-Lluch was also named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his respective sport (Men's Tennis), as well.
In addition, fellow Spartan Jules de Courtenay (Brisbane, Australia) received ECC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors for Men's Basketball. De Courtenay, a Computer Science major with a 3.89 GPA, wins the award for the second straight season. Jules helped the Spartans to a third straight ECC Championship with 3.9 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game in 24 starts.
For his 4-year career with the Maroon and Gold, de Courtenay averaged 5.4 points per game 4.6 rebounds per game in 113 games (97 starts). Jules was also a part of 3 ECC Regular Season Championships (2015, 2016, 2017), 4 ECC Tournament Appearances (2015-2018), which included winning tourney titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also participated in three consecutive NCAA Division II East Region Tournaments (2016-2018) and cut down the nets with his teammates as East Region Champions in 2017, thus propelling the Spartans to their first-ever NCAA Division II Elite 8 appearance.
De Courtney, during his tenure at St. Thomas Aquinas, was named the NCAA's Elite 90 Award recipient (3.89 GPA) for Division II Men's Basketball during the 2017 National Championship Tournament and the ECC Rookie of the Week in January 2015.