April 01, 2017
The university has had its share of great student-athletes, accomplished both academically and in their sports. Many have made an impact in the community as well, but perhaps none more so than Steven Weidlich ’17 of the men’s basketball team. He has combined all three markers of excellence into his collegiate career and earned national recognition for his accomplishments.
As senior captain of the basketball team, Weidlich led the River Hawks to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, a school record for wins in a season, and the most wins for any four-year stretch in school history. He did so by scoring an incredible 1,800 points, which ranks No. 2 on the all-time scoring list. He earned Second Team All-Landmark Conference honors as a sophomore and junior, and was a First Team All-Star and the Landmark Conference Player of the Year as a senior.
But Weidlich is much more than a great player. The finance major maintains a grade point average above 3.6 and has also made a substantial impact on Selinsgrove with his community service efforts. He has organized and taken part in food drives, worked at an area soup kitchen, and helped elderly and disabled individuals attend weekly mass at the local Catholic Church. After his junior season, when head basketball coach Frank Marcinek was diagnosed with throat cancer, Weidlich acted quickly to organize an awareness campaign and fundraising drive for throat cancer research through the sale of bracelets.
His efforts on and off the court have not gone unnoticed. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), in conjunction with Allstate Insurance Co., annually honors student-athletes for their excellence in the areas of academic, athletic and community service success. This year, Weidlich was selected as one of only five players in the country from NCAA Division II and III and NAIA schools to be selected to the NABC Allstate Good Works Team for 2017.
The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. Weidlich selected his brother and fellow River Hawk basketball player, David ’19, to travel with him when he was honored at the banquet in April.