Arguably one of the NAIA’s best scholar-athletes among all sports, Saint Xavier’s Shane Zackery boasts a 3.71 GPA and led the Cougars to the 2011 NAIA National Championship. He has now parlayed those successes into becoming SXU’s first-ever NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Hailing from Rockford, Ill., Zackery was named a 2011 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America in the college division. He was also honored as a Daktronics NAIA National Scholar-Athlete and as an Academic All-Mid-States Football Association selection as a junior. He is a business management major with an emphasis in marketing and finance.
As a 2011 First Team All-American, Zackery led Saint Xavier to its first NAIA National Championship in school history, posting nine receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown in the title game. The 2011 All-Mid-States First Team receiver ranked No. 2 nationally in receptions (95), No. 3 in receiving yards (1,208), and No. 4 in touchdown receptions (18) during his junior season. The team captain tied the school record with a 99-yard touchdown reception in 2011 and entered his senior year ranked in SXU’s top ten in career touchdowns. This season Zackery boasts 46 receptions for 654 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 93.4 yards per game for the No. 5 Cougars.
Zackery coordinates team activities for the annual SXU Service Day and volunteered his time to host a free football clinic for underprivileged kids in conjunction with the Salvation Army Community Center in Chicago. He is also heavily involved in church activities, both in his hometown and on campus, helping with picnics, annual festivals, and serving as a host for vacation bible school.