Derner Finishes WPU Career With All-American Honors
River Edge resident and River Dell alum Adam Derner completed his final season with the Pioneers and was named to two All-American teams
Adam Derner has had an outstanding final season with the William Paterson University Pioneers as the senior designated hitter from River Edge blasted 13 home runs, 62 RBI and a slugging percentage of .804. For his efforts at the plate, he was recently named to both D3baseball.com and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America First Teams.
He is a two-time member of the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week (April 2, April 9) and the March 26 NJCBA and NJAC Player of the Week, Derner added a .413 batting average (third in league), 15 doubles (tied-fifth in NJAC), 40 runs scored (tied-seventh in conference), four sacrifice flies (tied-sixth in league) and 59 hits (tied-ninth in NJAC) this spring.
As the 30th Pioneer baseball player to earn All-American laurels, he also ranks in the conference stats in walks/game (0.71, fourth), doubles/game (0.36, fourth), runs/game (0.95, sixth) and hits/game (1.40, tied-eighth) while starting in all but one game this season.
Derner was also selected to the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) All-State Team and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team.
The former Golden Hawk was a triple crown winner in 2007 with a .614 batting average, 13 home runs, and 48 RBI. He also set school records at River Dell in batting average, RBI, and slugging percentage.
The Business Adminstration major began his post-high school career at the University of Rhode Island where he competed from 2009-10, hitting .220 in 2009 and then .260 the following year. He returned to Northern New Jersey in 2011 to lead the Pioneers with a .387 batting average and a .589 slugging percentage.