April 25, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - During the 2011-12 academic year, Michael Masso walked on to the men's golf team here at the University of Connecticut. At that time, no one truly knew the positive impact and relations he would make and build amongst his teammates - but after a year and a half it has become increasingly obvious.
A native of Suffield, Conn., Michael is an honors scholar and Finance major within the prestigious School of Business. Since joining the team, Michael has been named to the Dean's List in the School of Business every term, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Fall 2012. Coach Pezzino reached out to our staff in hopes that Michael would be recognized for his accomplishments both on the course and in the classroom. "We should nominate Michael for the CPIA award", Coach Pezzino said. "He could be president one day."
This sums up how highly head Coach David Pezzino thinks of Mike. Mike is a fine role model to his younger teammates and has found the balance between his academic commitments and aspirations and his desire to compete in a challenging and time consuming sport. Mike has been named to the Athletic Director's Honor each of his three semesters on the team (and would have been named to the AD honor in the previous year as well).
He is engaged in the classroom and, being an Honors Scholar, must meet specific and rigorous academic guidelines throughout his career. On the course, Mike has been instrumental in being a steady and reliable player. Last weekend at the New England Championships this junior finished in a tie for 10th place and helped the University of Connecticut Huskies capture the title.
Mike continues to improve each day, he is a hard worker and dedicated to exceeding his potential in all he does. It is with great honor that we are able to recognize Michael Masso on National Student-Athlete Day!