Hope College’s Jake Chipka has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic NCAA Division III All-District Baseball Team for the 2016 spring season.

The Academic All-District™ teams include the student-athletes eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Student athletes are nominated by their college’s sports information director. To be considered, they must have at least 3.3 GPA. 

Chipka is one of 12 honorees in District 6. First-team Academic All-District™ honorees are eligible for Academic All-America consideration. 

Chipka has graduated from Hope after majoring in exercise science. The senior from Waterville, Ohio (Anthony Wayne HS) was the Flying Dutchmen’s No. 1 starting pitcher this season. 

Chipka threw a team-high 68 innings this season while posting a 5-6 record with a 3.71 earned run average. He tossed a team-high four complete games for Hope, which finished runner-up in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. 

Chipka struck out a team-high 65 batters while walking just 20. 

This is the fifth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA recognizes four teams - NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-District Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. Previously, CoSIDA recognized a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I); with the four teams, CoSIDA has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. 

The Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.