@FGCUEagles Continue To Excel in the Classroom with Record Success
Friday, August 16, 2013 | by Jason MacBain (@JaBain)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - With the 2013-14 year about to commence, FGCU student-athletes will look to build off a record-setting academic performance during the 2012-13 year in which they posted a 3.31 term GPA for the Spring Semester and 3.29 cumulative GPA.

FGCU student-athletes exceeded the overall FGCU undergraduate mark (3.01) for the ninth consecutive semester and 13 of the past 14 semesters. Additionally, over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, nearly every team established a record for either term or overall GPA.

“We are extremely proud of our student-athletes for the terrific effort they continue to put forth in the classroom while undertaking the demands of a Division-I schedule,” said Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “Their devotion to succeeding in the classroom, in athletic competitions and in the community is a source of pride for not only the department but for the entire University.

“In particular, I would like to recognize former Assistant Athletic Director for Academic and Regulatory Affairs Brynn Richter and the rest of her extemporary athletic academic advising staff. These significant results remain a byproduct of the diligent efforts of the fine young men and women in our program, as well as the daily contributions by our coaches, academic advising units and FGCU’s quality faculty.”

Among the overall population of 233 student-athletes, nearly 80-percent (185) posted a Spring GPA of 3.0 or higher, and more than 45-percent (107) had a GPA of 3.5 or above. Additionally, 75-percent (175) of FGCU’s student-athletes earned Atlantic Sun or Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association All-Academic honors, the greatest number in the school’s six-year Division-I history.

In another testament to the student-athletes, coaches, support staff and faculty at FGCU, 55-percent of (128) student-athletes improved their term GPA from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013, with the average improvement being just above .35.

Thirteen of FGCU’s 15 team or individual sports had a Spring Semester GPA of 3.0 or higher, led by a 3.6 mark for the women’s basketball team and an FGCU best-ever 3.78 showing by the women’s tennis team. Men’s basketball had its second-highest term GPA recorded in 12 semesters, including seven returning student-athletes and four starters who improved their term GPA by an average of .39.

More than half (8 of 15) of FGCU’s teams posted record-setting term GPAs in the Spring, including: men’s golf (3.2), men’s soccer (3.2), women’s soccer (3.42), softball (3.49), swimming and diving (3.5), women’s tennis, volleyball (3.41) and sand volleyball (3.43). Additionally, three other teams – women’s golf (3.67), women’s basketball and aforementioned men’s basketball – had the second-highest term GPA those programs have ever recorded as a D-I member.

The baseball team (3.08) had 17 student-athletes maintain a 3.0 or better overall GPA – including an impressive 22 during the Spring season – and women’s cross country (3.16) had 12 of its 14 members maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during the same semester.

Additional academic highlights included women’s basketball standout Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) being chosen as FGCU’s first Division I Academic All-American selection. Furthermore, Hansen and her teammates’ cumulative 3.62 GPA landed the Eagles fourth on the final 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division I Top 25 Team Honor Roll. Not to be out-done, the swimming and diving squad earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Scholar All-American honors.