Jan. 20, 2011
Siena basketball players Kyle Griffin and Cathy Cockrum have been named Siena College's Leo Dufort Student-Athletes of the Month for December. Both have stood out athletically and academically during their tenures in Loudonville.
A marketing and management major from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Griffin has played in ten games during the 2010-11 season, including two appearances in the starting lineup. In 11 minutes per contest, the junior guard has tallied 17 assists against just 10 turnovers. Griffin carries a 3.37 cumulative GPA, and posted a 3.82 GPA during the recently-completed fall semester.
Meanwhile, Cockrum, a senior forward from Corrales, New Mexico, is one of just two Siena women to start all 16 games to this point in the 2010-11 season. She is second on the team with 4.7 rebounds, nearly a steal per game, and a 41% shooting percentage. A sociology major, Cockrum carries a 2.81 cumulative GPA.
The Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.