Marist fifth-year senior Steve Guarino (Norwood, N.J.) was recently honored with the Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award at the N4A (National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics) Convention.

Guarino is the third Red Fox to win this award in the last four years. Past winners from the institution were Megan Mahoney (women’s crew) in 2010 and Raeanna Gutkowski (volleyball) in 2011.

The award is intended to honor student athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics. They have persevered and made significant personal strides toward success. These are the students who benefit most from academic athletic advisement programs and represent the N4A's motivation and sense of satisfaction.

Click on the video links to hear Guarino's story.

Guarino was a key member of Marist's special teams' units this past season as a fifth-year senior, and he also contributed at safety. He had seven total tackles, three of which were solo. He blocked an extra point vs. Bucknell on recovered a fumble against Davidson.

The Marist football team will open the 2013 season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against Sacred Heart at Tenney Stadium.