WINTHROP, Mass. – They've had two of the best careers in Johnson & Wales University history and recently Maria Coniglio and Joe Maracic were recognized by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Coniglio is a finalist for the GNAC Woman of the Year award while Maracic was tabbed as a finalist for the inaugural GNAC Man of the Year award.
In order to be considered, each nominee must be a graduating student-athlete and the selection process is based upon service & leadership, academic achievement, athletics excellence, as well as a personal statement.
Coniglio, a member of the Wildcats' women's volleyball team, is eligible for the GNAC's NCAA Woman of the Year nomination. The Old Bethpage, NY native made history this year when she became the first JWU student-athlete in any sport to earn four All-America awards. She also excelled in the classroom with a nearly flawless 3.99 grade point average in culinary nutrition that earned Coniglio her second CoSIDA Academic All-America honor.
One of the best outside hitters in school history, Coniglio averaged 3.40 kills per set her final year to move up to second all-time at 3.22 kps. The fifth player in school history to eclipse 1,000 kills, she ranks third in JWU history with 1,319 kills and 1,537.5 points. Coniglio joined Annemarie Proto and Ashley Constantino as the only Wildcats with 1,0000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Maracic started his career on a high note for the JWU baseball team, earning the 2017 GNAC Rookie of the Year award when he led all conference rookies in batting average, hits, runs an RBI. A native of Syosset, NY, he served as a captain his final season.
During his junior campaign, he collected 53 hits, nine doubles, 32 RBI, 23 walks and a .358 average en route to a Second-Team All-Conference selection and Third-Team All-Region honors from D3Baseball.com. Maracic graduated with a degree in business administration.