JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – All the way to late July after his fifth season of collegiate baseball, Alex Kachler’s excellence on and off the field is still being recognized as the graduate student was named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First Team Academic All-American as announced by the national organization Thursday, July 29.
It’s the first time an Osprey has been named a CoSIDA First Team All-American since UNF Hall of Famer Preston Hale was tabbed back in 2010. It’s the sixth time a UNF baseball player has been named a CoSIDA First Team All-American in the history of the program, and just the second time in the Division I era at North Florida.
Kachler is one of four infielders on the first team, and just one of two student-athletes on the first team to tout a perfect 4.00 GPA at the undergraduate and graduate level. Kachler possesses a perfect 4.00 GPA in his master’s of science in management degree.
The Lithia, Fla., native brought a sparkling résumé to UNF from Division III Methodist University where he majored in mathematics and engineering while reeling in multiple regional and national honors.
In one year alone in the Navy and Gray, Kachler’s ledger shows the life of a four-year veteran. This season he collected the following accolades:
- CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team Selection – 2021
- CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 First Team Selection – 2021
- ASUN Winner for Life Honoree – Spring 2021
- Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American
- Finalist for National Senior CLASS Award
- 2021 ASUN Baseball Player of the Year
- 2021 ASUN Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- ASUN Player of the Week (April 26, 2021)
- ASUN Player of the Week (Feb. 22, 2021)
- ASUN Honor Roll (2020-21)
He holds the unique distinction of becoming the first baseball student-athlete in ASUN history to be named the ASUN Player of the Year and ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same season.
Another special stat to his UNF line was his program record eight consecutive hits in eight straight at-bats between games on April 25 and April 28. Additionally, he tied the UNF DI single game record by hitting safely in five at-bats during a win against Jacksonville April 25.