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Orji Named Athletic Alumni of the Month

December 6, 2011

Stephanie Orji joined the La Salle Track and Field program as an assistant coach in November 2011 and will work primarily with the sprinters and jumpers.

Orji was one of five winners of the 2010 John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship. Orji, a standout in women's basketball and track and field, was the only winner who competed at the NCAA Division II level.

The Philadelphia native graduated in the spring of 2010 from nearby Cheyney University with a 3.8 grade point average while majoring in recreation and leisure management. In 2009, she qualified for the NCAA II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump, becoming the first female in Cheyney track and field history to earn a trip to the national championships. In 2010 she again won the event at the PSAC Championships and again qualified for the national championships, finishing 12th overall. Orji is the school record hold in both the triple and high jumps.

Orji was also a significant contributor to the resurgence of Cheyney's women's basketball program. She was a second-team All-PSAC East selection as a sophomore, helping lead the Wolves to their first PSAC playoff appearance in 18 years. The past three years she has been among her team's top scorers and rebounders, which includes a 9.2 rebounds per game average in 2009-10, ranking third in the PSAC in that category.

Academically, Orji was named to the Dean's List four consecutive years, was in the top 10 percent of her class at Cheyney, earned the President's Scholar Athlete Award for 2010 as the athlete with the highest GPA and was also named to the Keystone Honors Academy.