NCAA awards postgraduate scholarship to Nogay

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Eddie Nogay, a 2014 Washington & Jefferson College graduate and record-breaking baseball pitcher, was one of 29 spring male student-athletes to receive a $7,500 NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

A 2013 and ABCA/Rawlings All-American, Nogay graduated in May with a degree in English and a minor in psychology. Nogay, who boasted a 3.68 grade-point average, will use the scholarship at West Virginia University’s law school as he pursues a career as a trial attorney.

The 2009 Weirton Madonna graduate joins Josh Etzel (wrestling) as W&J student-athletes to receive a NCAA postgraduate scholarship during the 2013-14 academic year. Nogay is the seventh W&J student-athlete since 2007 to earn a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA, joining Etzel (2014, wrestling), Erin Barno (2013, field hockey), Sean Maddock (2011, men’s soccer), Matt Drakeley (2010, men’s basketball), Megan Ferderber (2009, women’s soccer) and Sam Mann (2007, baseball).

Nogay, whose twin brother Max was a catcher at WVU, is the first W&J baseball player to earn the award since Mann, who used his scholarship at the William & Mary School of Law. Mann currently works as an attorney for Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York City.

Nogay, the 2013 and 2014 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, broke Mann’s school record for career victories this year after finishing his four seasons with the Presidents with a 28-2 overall record. He also tied Mann for the school record with six shutouts. Nogay ranks second in the W&J career record book for innings pitched (268.0), strikeouts (162), ERA (2.59, minimum 100 IP). His 53 career appearances on the mound tied former teammate Dave Trushel for the school record.

During his All-America season as a junior, Nogay set the school record for single season wins (12-1 record) and led the Presidents to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Nogay was the winning pitcher in two of W&J’s three NCAA victories, including an 8 inning performance in the tournament opener, a 5-3 triumph over Illinois Wesleyan. Just two days later, Nogay fired the final five innings (one hit, one run, six Ks) during one of the most memorable games in school history, an 11-8, 15-inning victory over league-rival Thomas More.

W&J won four NCAA Tournament games with Nogay as a member of the program and also claimed the PAC regular-season championship all four years (2011 co-regular season champs). The 2013 squad captured the PAC Tournament title at Ross Memorial Park before the Presidents’ memorable run through the NCAA Mideast Regional. Nogay was joined by 10 other seniors to comprise one of the most successful classes in school history (117-59 record).

He joined classmate Josh Staniscia ’14 in becoming the first three-time CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District baseball players in school history. Nogay was on the winning end of the first 16 decisions of his career and did not suffer a loss until a relief appearance at Thomas More on April 16, 2013. Nogay’s only loss in 37 career starts came during his senior season against nationally-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Florida.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated.

An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant’s nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.