Spartanburg, S.C. - Though he graduated last month, former USC Upstate golfer and Gaffney native Josh Gallman continues to receive accolades for his success on and off the golf course and has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, released the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today.
Gallman, who finished his Upstate career this spring by finishing third at the A-Sun Championships and winning the Fossum invitational at Michigan State, was a third team selection in the men's at-large category in the premiere Academic All-America program in the nation. Sponsored by ESPN The Magazine and run by CoSIDA, the men's at-large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis and water polo. A first team Academic All-District selection in District III, he was the only male student-athlete from the A-Sun to earn Academic All-America honors in the men's at-large program. He was also one of only eight golfers selected among the 48 individuals chosen on the first, second or third teams.
Gallman graduated from Upstate with a bachelor's degree in business marketing. He finished his college career with a 3.726 GPA and graduated with honors in the George Dean Johnson, Jr., College of Business. He was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society, the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Fraternity in the Johnson College of Business and earned the Top Business Marketing Student Award. He was also named the USC Upstate Male Student-Athlete of the Year, an award that combines both academic and athletic excellence, for the second time in his four years as a Spartan.
Gallman finished his career at Upstate as the program's all-time top player, and one of the top student-athletes to come through the Athletics program. He holds every career and single-season school record, including seven career wins, 21 career top five finishes, 33 career top 10 performances and a 72.7 career stroke average. His 71.4 stroke average this season is the top single-season average in school history, while his .938 winning percentage as a sophomore also tops the single-season list. His 66 in the second round of the Rutgers Invitational, which he won, is the lowest round in school history.
Gallman's performance in the classroom mirrored that of his play on the golf course. He won three individual tournament championships in 2009-10, including the final tournament of his career at the Fossum Invitational hosted by Michigan State. He broke into the top 100 in the world amateur rankings by the R&A, moving to No. 62 in the world following his third-place finish at the A-Sun Championships and the win at the Fossum Invitational. He currently ranks 69th, though he has ended his amateur career after winning his professional debut at the River Falls Event on the Carolina Mountain Tour.
Gallman is the second Upstate student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors this year, joining second team honoree Nick Schneiders for men's basketball. Gallman is the seventh Spartan to earn Academic All-America honors in the CoSIDA program. Darren Ambrose (men's soccer) was a second team selection in 1993, Marlon Burgess (men's soccer) was a third team pick in 1994, Sean Hartley (men's soccer) was a third team selection in 1996, Diana Martinez (women's tennis) was a first team selection in 2008 and a second team selection in 2007, and Schneiders earned second team honors earlier this year. Other Spartan student-athletes have earned various national academic honors from coaches organizations.
Gallman's selection also marks a tremendous year by Upstate student-athletes. In addition to his selection and that of Schneiders as Academic All-Americans, two other Spartans earned academic all-district honors as baseball player Tyler Cook earned first team academic all-district honors and softball pitcher Morgan Childers was a second team academic all-district selection.