Dan Pierce, Football, Middlebury College
Dan Pierce, a 2016 graduate of Middlebury College, received an honors degree in economics with a 3.94 grade point average. Accumulating various academic honors, including Dean’s List and College Scholar, he graduated with summa cum laude honors. He was inducted into both Middlebury’s Phi Beta Kappa honorary academic fraternity as well as Vermont's Chapter of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in the spring of 2016.
Additionally, Pierce was selected as Middlebury’s Hazeltine-Klevenow Memorial Trophy male award winner, given annually to the student-athlete who best combines ability in athletics and excellence in scholarship.
Pierce became the first two-time Academic All-American in school history and just the seventh Middlebury athlete to earn the award after earning second-team honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The senior linebacker helped lead the team to a solid 5-3 mark on the gridiron in 2015, picking up NESCAC All-Academic laurels three times over his career.
Pierce also excelled on the football field, honored with a Second Team All-NESCAC selection as a defensive back his senior season. He finished the 2015 campaign with 46 tackles, a sack, an interception and five pass break-ups. Pierce finished his career with 144 tackles, seven interceptions and 14 pass break-ups.
Off the field, Pierce volunteered in several football youth clinics for children, and served as a recess mentor at nearby Bingham Memorial School. He also participated in several Habitat for Humanity projects in the surrounding communities, as well as attending and fundraising for Relay for Life all four years. Pierce was a teacher's assistant in Middlebury’s economic department.
Pierce is currently working at Morgan Stanley in New York City.