Organization Founded by "Coach Nick" Continues to Honor USA's Scholar-Athletes
May 22, 2009
May 22, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "Chi Alpha Sigma was founded in May 1996 by DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis," reports South Carolina's Florence Morning News. "The organization currently has 166 chapters in 38 states." The article notes that 17 student-athletes at Francis Marion University have been named to Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.
The article adds, "Chi Alpha Sigma's purposes are: to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited institutions; to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letterwinners; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics; to recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university; and to mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes."
DePauw is home to the Alpha chapter of Chi Sigma Alpha. To become a member, a student athlete must have a minimum 3.4 GPA and have earned a letter in his or her sport by the junior or senior year.
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Mourouzis, professor emeritus of kinesiology at DePauw, guided the football Tigers for 23 seasons to 138 victories, the most in University history, before retiring after the 2003 campaign. He is a member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame and Miami (Ohio) University's "Cradle of Coaches." Mourouzis was featured in this recent story.
"Coach Nick" addressed DePauw's Class of 2004 at their commencement. A summary of his remarks can be found by clicking here.Back