A-Sun Honors All-Academic Teams, Scholars

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

MACON, Ga. – More than 64 percent of the student-athletes in the Atlantic Sun Conference posted a 3.0 grade point average or better during the 2012-13 competition season, including 73 percent of Stetson University student-athletes as the Hatters claim their first A-Sun Academic title.

"Congratulations to the A-Sun student-athletes!” said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “This tremendous academic performance affirms the overall A-Sun commitment to 'Building Winners for Life.' Such a level of distinction only comes with a true team effort, and our institutions, the athletic administration, the coaches and the faculty all share in this proud achievement. It is a daily privilege to work as part of such an effort, and I applaud the student-athletes for their great work and am proud of how they represent the Atlantic Sun Conference."

A total of 53 student-athletes earned Presidential Scholar recognition by completing their eligibility with a GPA of 3.8 or better. President's Scholar honors are earned by all student-athletes who are listed in the final squad list for their sport, who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above, who have completed their final year of eligibility and who have received their bachelor's degree this year.

Including many from this elite group of scholars, a total of 114 student-athletes received their undergraduate degrees while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2012-13 academic year. This outstanding group includes several sport-specific Scholar-Athlete of the Year winners: Mercer's Will Betts (Men's Soccer); Lipscomb's two-time winner Tessa Hoefle (Women's Cross Country); Kennesaw State's Ben Greene (Men's Golf); Jacksonville's Alexandra Hoffman (Women's Lacrosse); and ETSU's Lyn Yee Choo (Women's Tennis).

Other A-Sun First-Team All-Conference selections with perfect GPAs include: Jacksonville's Alexandra Lee (Women's Soccer), Freshman of the Year Sammie Strausbaugh (Volleyball) and Most OUtstanding Field Performer Charlene Charles (Women's Track & Field); Mercer's MacKenzie Woody (Softball); ETSU's Giulia Andreazza (Women's Tennis); North Florida's Simona Weymar (Women's Tennis), and KSU's Virginie Stein (Women's Tennis).

Another 48 student-athletes claimed Commissioner Scholar recognition for landing between the 3.6 and 3.79 GPA status upon graduation, along with meeting the same requirements as Presidential Scholar recipients.

Conference Scholar recognition was bestowed on another 497 individuals for their sustained achievement over at least two years, paired with a 3.4 cumulative GPA or better.

Each of the totals for Presidential Scholar, Commissioner Scholar and Conference Scholar were above those for 2012-13.

The A-Sun recognized 1,500 student-athletes as All-Academic selections for their work in the classroom by reaching the 3.0 mark, also up from last year by 84. Nearly a quarter of the 53 Presidential Scholars came from Jacksonville (13), Stetson (15) accounted for nearly a third of the Commissioner's Scholars and Lipscomb's total of 83 Conference Scholars topped the A-Sun.

Three institutions eclipsed the 70 percent mark for All-Academic selections led by Stetson who took home the Academic Trophy with over 73 percent of their student-athletes earning recognition. Lipscomb’s 180 total honorees were the most in the conference and their 71 percent marks the second best while Mercer (70%) student-athletes excelled above the 70 percent barrier as well.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun footprint reaches into seven of the top media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.