Seniors Honored at Annual Luncheon
May 3, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Autumn Greba (North Huntington, Pa./Norwin) and Christian Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) were named Student-Athletes of the Year at Duquesne's annual Senior Luncheon held today in the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom of the Power Center. The luncheon, held to honor DU's departing senior student-athletes, also featured the awarding of senior gifts as well as a year-end thank you highlight video.
Greba, a track distance runner as well as a member of the cross country team, and Kuntz, a football linebacker, were chosen from a pool of six finalists that were nominated by their coaches and support staff.
Criteria for S-A of the Year include a GPA of 3.0 or above, participation with distinction in their sport and a demonstrated commitment to service. Additional female finalists included Amadea Szamosi (basketball) and Sammy Kline (volleyball). Darius Lewis (basketball) and Kyle Trinch (track) were the other male finalists.
Greba, who is pursuing a triple major in English, philosophy and political science is on pace to graduate with a 3.95 GPA. A multiple member of the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team, the North Huntington, Pa. native, earned a spot on the CoSIDA All-District team in 2016. The school record-holder in the 5000 meter run, Greba was an A-10 bronze medalist in both the 3000 meter run and the distance medley relay. An ECAC qualifier on the track, Greba held leadership roles and offices for Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Tau. She also found time to serve as an ESL tutor and volunteer as a coach at both Hillel Academy and Norwin Middle School.
Kuntz, the first DU football player to earn All-American honors three times (STATS FCS third team as a sophomore and first team as a junior & senior), was part of three Northeast Conference championship teams (2013, 2015 & 2016). He was named second team Associated Press All-America in 2015 and 2016, joining nine-year NFL veteran Leigh Bodden (defensive back at Duquesne from 1999-02) as the only two-time AP All-America in Duquesne’s FCS history.
Kuntz, who finished 12th of 25 in voting for the 2016 STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award (presented annually to the FCS Defensive Player of the Year), is the NEC’s career sacks leader with a school record 30.5. His 71.5 career tackles for loss rank fourth on the NCAA all-time FCS list. The two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Year, who was also the first three-time First Team All-NEC pick in school history, ranked among the top three nationally in FCS tackles for loss per game as a sophomore (1st), junior (3rd) and senior (t2nd). He ranked among the top 11 nationally in sacks three times (10th as a sophomore, 11th as a junior and 2nd as a senior).
Kuntz, who completed his bachelor's of science degree in supply chain management in May of 2016 with a 3.16 GPA, is currently pursuing a master's of science in leadership. Off the field, the Pittsburgh native - who was unable to attend the luncheon due to a pending trip to Florida to tryout for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers - assisted and participated annually with the football Be the Match Bone Marrow Initiative and volunteered his time and likeness for a public service announcement to bring awareness to sexual assault.
Two other awards were also presented during the luncheon, including the Leadership Award which went to the women's swim team for its poise and teamwork shown after members of the squad were affected by a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in January.
The Bluff Cup, which is presented to the athletic team which demonstrates outstanding service, support and participation in our surrounding communities, was awarded to men's and women's tennis. Both tennis teams, whose student-athletes are active members of SAAC, have been involved in every department action initiative and campaign. The teams volunteered for the Spring Clean-Up, Kites for Kids, Acing Autism and provided tennis lessons to inner city youth throughout the year.