Earlham College graduate Danny Dopp cemented his place in Earlham athletics’ history when he was named a First Team Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), when the organization’s Division III Baseball Academic All-America team was unveiled Tuesday.
Dopp is the the College’s first student-athlete to capture Academic All-America honors in the history of the program.
“Earlham has been around since the mid-1800s and has had athletics for almost that same length of time. It is a testament to Danny’s hard work and what he has accomplished on the field, in the classroom, and as a leader on our team that has led to his success in each of those areas, allowing him to become Earlham’s first Academic All-America honoree and the baseball program’s first All-America selection,” said Steve Sakosits, Earlham’s head baseball coach.
Dopp, a native of South Haven, Michigan, was selected as the First Team’s designated hitter, in national voting conducted among CoSIDA members at Division III institutions.
Dopp completed the 2021 season as a D3baseball.com Third Team All-American, becoming the program’s first Division III All-America honoree. He earned First Team All-Mideast Region honors from both D3baseball.com and was selected to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Mideast Region squads.
Dopp was Earlham’s team leader in hits (59), doubles (17), home runs (10), and runs batted in (41), and completed his career with a wholesale renovation of the Earlham Baseball record books.
He was among HCAC leaders in hits (fifth), doubles (third), home runs (second), and RBI (ninth), and among Division III statistical leaders Dopp finished the season ranked 33rd in doubles and 36th in home runs. He tied Earlham’s single season HR record with 10 and ranks among Earlham single season leaders in hits (fifth), RBI (fourth), and doubles (second). Dopp was named HCAC Hitter of the Week on May 10, 2021, after helping Earlham secure a home opening round series over Manchester University in the HCAC Baseball Tournament.
Dopp finished his career with Earlham career records for hits, doubles, and RBI, and ranks among career leaders in at bats, home runs, and runs scored. A three-time All-HCAC selection, Dopp earned Second Team All-HCAC honors in both 2018 and 2019, and was a 2017 HCAC All-Tournament selection. He graduated on May 22, 2021, with his Master of Education degree.
Earlham Baseball finished its 2021 season with a 25-20 overall record, the program’s sixth 20-win campaign over the last eight seasons and were the 2021 HCAC Baseball Tournament runners-up. The Quakers’ 2021 HCAC Tournament championship game appearance was their third over the last five seasons.
In addition, Earlham Baseball posted a 3.45 team GPA for the 2020-21 academic year, leading the Quakers to earn their fourth consecutive American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Academic Excellence Award.
CoSIDA’s Academic All-District and Academic All-America program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom and is regarded as the preeminent recognition program for student-athlete academic and athletic achievement at the collegiate level. Individuals are nominated by their institutional sports information director (SID) and voted upon by the SIDs within that district for the Academic All-District® teams. National voting is conducted among CoSIDA’s approximately 3,000 members within each NCAA division to select the Academic All-America squad.