@FGCUEagles Continue To Soar In The Classroom, Post 3.24 Spring GPA
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | by Jason MacBain (@JaBain)
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FGCU student-athletes posted a 3.24 semester GPA and near record-breaking 3.32 cumulative GPA.
FGCU student-athletes posted a 3.24 semester GPA and near record-breaking 3.32 cumulative GPA.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Athletics continues to epitomize what embodies a student-athlete as the Eagles – who won five Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championships in 2013-14 – extended their outstanding performance in the classroom with a 3.24 semester GPA and near record-breaking 3.32 cumulative GPA for the spring of 2014.

FGCU student-athletes exceeded the FGCU undergraduate semester mark (3.02) for the 11th consecutive semester and 15 of the past 16 semesters. Leading yet another extremely impressive term was the women’s golf team as the seven-member squad posted an astonishing 3.92 GPA for the semester – the highest ever recorded in FGCU’s Division-I history, which dates back to 2007-08.

Individually, 26 of FGCU’s student-athletes finished with a 4.0 GPA for the semester, representing more than 10 percent of the entire student-athlete body with perfect grades for the term. Among the overall population of 245 student-athletes, 97 (39 percent) achieved a 3.5 or higher term GPA.

“We are exceptionally proud of our student-athletes for the stellar effort they continue to put forth in the classroom, while also succeeding in their athletic competitions and serving as role models throughout Southwest Florida,” said Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “Their devotion to excellence is a source of pride for not only FGCU Athletics, but for the entire University.

“In particular, I would like to recognize Athletics Academic Coordinator Brian Boveington and the rest of our exemplary athletic academic advising staff,” Kavanagh continued. “These stout results remain a byproduct of the collective diligent efforts of the fine young men and women in our programs, as well as the daily contributions by our coaches, academic advising units and quality faculty.”

The 3.32 cumulative GPA for the spring was just .01 shy of tying the all-time mark of 3.33 set in the fall semester. Furthermore, a record 181 of FGCU’s student-athletes garnered A-Sun or CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association) all-academic honors (minimum 3.0 GPA), representing nearly 74 percent of the overall population and surpassing the previous D-I record of 175 set in 2012-13.

“The continued academic success is a true testament to the kind of student-athlete our coaches recruit and the expectations they create for them on and off the playing fields,” said Kelly Jean Brock, who began her tenure as Director of the Student-Athlete Learning Center in late May. “With support from Undergraduate Studies and the Athletics Department, our student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and set the bar high for future Eagles.”

Perfectly embodying the essence of an FGCU student-athlete, highly-decorated women’s basketball standout Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) was named the 2014 Eagle Scholar-Athlete recipient – the highest honor FGCU bestows upon a graduating senior student-athlete – at the department’s annual Senior Send-Off and Awards Ceremony in April. On the men’s side, rising senior tennis player Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) was named as the Southeast’s recipient of the 2014 ITA Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award in May. One of just 12 regional winners throughout the country, the award was earned by Vives for his outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

Specific team GPAs will be announced in August as part of FGCU’s “Welcome Back Picnic” to commence the 2014-15 school year, but the following are highlights and benchmarks achieved by each team over the course of the semester or full academic year:

BASEBALL: 18 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher during the 2013-14 academic year.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Seven student-athletes improved their GPA from fall 2013 to spring 2014.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: 10 of 14 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher for the spring semester, and seven earned a 3.5 GPA or higher.

MEN’S GOLF: Posted its highest term GPA in team history.

MEN’S SOCCER: Had 11 A-Sun all-academic honorees and four conference scholars.

MEN’S TENNIS: All nine student-athletes earned A-Sun all-academic honors, five were league scholars and the team finished with its highest term GPA in club history.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: 13 of 16 student-athletes earned A-Sun all-academic honors, nine were conference scholars and Hansen earned A-Sun President’s Scholar honors.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Finished with its highest overall GPA in nine semesters, while eight student-athletes were all-academic honorees.

WOMEN’S GOLF: Currently holds the highest overall GPA in FGCU history with a 3.82.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Recorded its second-highest term GPA in 14 semesters.

SOFTBALL: Five student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for the spring term, while 15 were tabbed A-Sun all-academic honorees and 10 were conference scholars.

SWIMMING & DIVING: 15 student-athletes improved their GPA from fall 2013 to spring 2014, and 17 student-athletes hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Six student-athletes hold a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

VOLLEYBALL/SAND VOLLEYBALL: 11 out of 14 student-athletes hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and the team(s) boast one conference scholar.

In just seven years as a Division-I member, FGCU has won a combined 36 conference regular season and tournament titles as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association. In just three years of D-I postseason eligibility, FGCU has made 14 total NCAA Championship appearances. Ticket information for upcoming events is available by calling 239.590.7145. Additional news and schedule information is available at FGCUAthletics.com. Follow us on Twitter (@FGCUEagles), Facebook (/FGCUAthletics), Instagram (@FGCUAthletics) and YouTube (/FGCUAthletics).