BOSTON, Mass. - In addition to his induction into the Gold Key Society of Emerson for his academic accomplishements, Jon Goldberg, senior co-captain of the Men's Basketball Team was also named Emerson's Male Student-Athlete of the Year and Academic Student Athlete of the Year as annouced by the Emerson Athletic Department.
While only suiting up for the Lions for two years, Jon Goldberg started all 53 games for the Men's Basketball Program while seeing his work ethic and leadership on the court recognized by being named team co-captain in the 2013-2014 year.
A transfer from St. Lawrence, Jon immediately found a home with the basketball team, where in his first season alone he was third on the team in scoring, steals and blocked shots; second in assists and a dominant first in rebounds with 215 on the season. As a junior, Jon helped lead the Lions to a third place finish in the GNAC and to a GNAC and ECAC Quarterfinal appearance.
In his senior year, Jon only continued to develop his skills on the court, while helping lead the program to the conference playoffs in Emerson's inaugural year in the NEWMAC. Included in the 2013-2014 season were program highs which saw the Lions top the returning NCAA champion and #1-ranked Amherst, who held a 27 game winning streak until Emerson ended it on December 7th.
For the Lions this year, Jon was second in points, assists, free throws and steals and yet again was a resounding team-leader in assists with 247, ranking him second in the NEWMAC in rebounds per game as well as 29th in the NCAA in defensive rebounds per game.
Jon was awarded for his efforts this year by becoming Emerson's first NEWMAC All-Conference First Team member, an award that Coach Jim O'Brien has said "While Jon is absolutely deserving of that honor it is a small award for how much Jon has not only done for this program, but also this college. Jon is not only a great athlete, but an even better man".
Jon is not only dedicated to greatness on the court and in the classroom, but also within the community. In addition to the highest GPA within the athletic department he is a member of the Gold Key Honor Society, which constitutes the top ten percent of the senior class and the top five percent of the junior class. It is not simply his dedication to his studies that sets him apart, but rather his dedication to becoming a mentor within the community.
This past year he reached out to the youth of the Greater Boston area as a part of the Big Brothers program, fueled with the desire to help create and foster a mentor relationship like those who helped shape his life. He carried this desire into his involvement with the Bird Street Community Program in Dorchester.
Along with a few of his classmates from his sports communication class he started up basketball clinics for the kids of Dorchester. His passion for the Bird Street Program all comes from what he has gained from his mentors and as an opportunity to pay that forward to others.
He credits the great mentors in his life as reasons as to why he wants to give back to those in the community. He cited Coach O'Brien as an unbelievable mentor who has shaped his future. When discussing what Coach O'Brien has given him he said, "I've learned so much from him not only from a basketball standpoint but also in bettering myself as a person and becoming more mature."
Here, within the athletic department and the Emerson Community, we would proudly describe him as a student who has not only bettered himself but also those whom he impacts on a daily basis with his selfless and inspiring attitude. This young man is also vice-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Council, coach of a girl's AAU Basketball Team in Vermont and the Co-Captain of the Men's Basketball team. He is someone who we are proud to have as part of our athletic department and who we are thrilled to announce as the Academic Athlete of the Year.