Courtesy of Boise State Athletics –

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State graduate Sam Sippel has been named to the 2024 College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-American Second Team, the organization – formerly known as College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) – announced Wednesday morning.

Sam Sippel’s achievement is a rare and exceptional milestone, marking the highest academic honor awarded nationally in collegiate athletics. His dedication and talent have set a new standard, making him the first Boise State men’s tennis player to receive this status in program history.

The native of Nuernberg, Germany, was named to the CSC Academic All-District Team in May to advance to the national selection committee for all-American recognition.

Sippel was one of seven student-athletes to make the second-team academic all-America team and one of 19 honored overall for the sport of men’s tennis, which included first, second and third teams.

Sippel completed an outstanding collegiate career this spring, graduating with a master’s degree in business administration in May. He transferred to Boise State in the summer of 2022 after completing his bachelor’s degree in business management in three years at Azusa Pacific University.

His academic honors are numerous and include being a three-time CSC Academic All-American (2021, 2022, 2024), four-time CSC Academic All-District, five-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, PacWest Scholar-Athlete of the Year, five-time academic all-conference (three PacWest and two Mountain West) and two-time MW Scholar-Athlete.

Athletically, his honors were as numerous during his career. At Boise State, he earned three All-Mountain West honors (twice in singles and once in doubles), was named the 2024 MW Championship MVP, and made the all-tournament team at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. This spring, Sippel became the first Boise State student-athlete since 2014 and 12th overall to participate in the NCAA National Men’s Tennis Singles Championship. He was also invited to play in the doubles championship, the first for a Bronco since 2009.

While at Azusa Pacific, he was a 2021 ITA DII Singles All-American, a 2020 ITA DII Fall Singles All-American, the 2020 ITA DII national and regional Rookie of the Year, PacWest Freshman of the Year, and was All-PacWest in singles and doubles.

Sippel joins men’s basketball’s Tyson Degenhart and football’s Ahmed Hassanein as Boise State 2023-24 CSC Academic All-Americans.