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Business Salukis earn wins in the classroom

February 03, 2011, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} College of Business students Chance Coda (top left), Joe Allaria (top right), Brad Briggs (bottom left), and John Goode (bottom right)

At the close of the 2010 Saluki football season, several senior business majors on the football team earned either national honors, conference honors, or both. These students include accounting major Chance Coda, marketing major Joe Allaria, and management majors Brad Briggs and John Goode.

Balancing schoolwork and football clearly has not been a problem for Coda or Allaria. After earning 4.0 and 3.75 grade point averages, respectively, the two were named to the ESPN Academic All-America First Team. The Salukis had three players chosen to make the First Team, which tied Penn State for the most players chosen from one school out of all 242 Division I football teams.

Coda and Allaria were also named to the Missouri Valley Football All-Academic First Team. Briggs was recognized with Honorable Mention to the Missouri Valley Football All-Academic Team. In addition to the two academic teams, Coda was one of eight players out of the nation named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.

Students Coda and Goode were named to the Missouri Valley Football All-Conference Second Team. The two were redshirted as freshmen, so will be playing for the Salukis again in the upcoming 2011 season. Coda is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and Goode’s hometown is Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Joe Allaria is from Edwardsville, Illinois. He chose marketing because he has always been interested in creative thinking and working with people. “In marketing and sales, it’s important to be personable and to be able to interact with people. From my teamwork experience in athletics, I was able to develop the interpersonal and leadership skills that have helped me to be successful during my academic career,” he said. Following graduation, he plans to pursue an MBA and possibly coach high school football.

Brad Briggs chose management because it would provide him with a diverse and broad understanding of the business environment to help him in his future endeavors. After graduation, he plans on attending graduate school at Kansas State University in his home town of Manhattan, Kansas.