On Monday, February 12th, AHN inducted Giana Messina (A'07) into the Athletic Hall of Fame during the High sShool Winter Sports Banquet.
An all-round athlete, Gianna lettered in softball and track & field, but her athletic talents were best displayed on the basketball court. Gianna was two-time first team All-State and McDonalds All-American Honorable Mention. She led Hillsborough County in scoring, averaging 24 points a game. A member of the 2,000 Point Club, Gianna scored 2,126 points (the 3rd highest in the history of the county).
She was named 3A Player of the Year and two-time Tampa Tribune and St. Pete Times Hillsborough County Player of the Year. Gianna was the team captain for three years and named Most Valuable Player of the North vs South FACA All-Star game her senior year.
Voted “Most Athletic” by her classmates, Gianna was also a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, President’s Honor Roll and Vice-President of Golden Girls.
Gianna matriculated to USF on an athletic scholarship where she played in 29 games for the Bulls and had a season-high 15 points against North Florida. Transferring to University of Tampa her sophomore year, she started all 32 games, a school record for starts in a season. Gianna was named three-time first-team all-SSC, SSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, SSC Player of the Week, three-time SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and D-II ADA Academic Achievement Award winner. Gianna is ranked among the top 10 in six different statistical categories for individual career records in UT’s history and is ranked fourth in the nation for 3-point field goal percentage (45%).
Gianna graduated from UT with an accounting degree, obtained her CPA and is currently the Assurance Manager with the national firm, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC). In her spare time, she is the assistant basketball coach for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.