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Todd Czinege

School

Villanova

Position
Second Base/Shortstop
Major
Finance

Classroom

Todd Czinege was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in each of his first three collegiate seasons. He is a finance major in the Villanova School of Business, which was ranked the No. 1 undergraduate business school in the nation in the 2016 Bloomberg Business Week rankings.

Character

Czinege dealt with high expectations when he arrived on campus as a freshman, and has started in every game Villanova has played in his four seasons on the team. He emerged as a leader by example from the very beginning of his freshman year, and has come to epitomize the true meaning of a student-athlete for the combination of his success both on and off the field. Czinege is a professional prospect on the radar of the MLB organizations, and his contributions to the team as a senior this season have been particularly meaningful for a young team that is playing multiple freshmen in the lineup on a daily basis.

Community

Czinege participates in a number of athletic department community service initiatives. In the past year, the baseball team has visited a children’s hospital, participated in the annual Special Olympics fall festival on campus and organized a beautification progress at the team’s home stadium in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

Competition

Czinege earned All-Big East honors in each of his first three collegiate seasons, including being a first-team selection as a sophomore and a junior. He became the first Villanova infielder to earn first-team All-Conference honors when he achieved that distinction in 2015. He has started all 162 games (through 3/7/17) that Villanova has played in during his career. He is also one of 12 players in school history to reach 200 career hits. As of nomination time, his current career totals included a .315/.377/.435 slash line with 205 hits, 94 runs scored, 105 RBI, 34 doubles, 7 triples and 10 home runs. Czinege is on track to break into the program’s top 10 in career games played, at bats, hits, doubles and triples by the end of the season.