In a scholastic calendar year in which the Monmouth University Athletics Department won its league-best seventh Northeast Conference Commissioner’s Cup for overall athletics excellence, the student-athletes that make up the Hawks family posted equally impressive numbers outside the arena of competition.
“Heartfelt congratulations go out to our remarkable student-athletes who have performed exceptionally in the classroom,” stated Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil.
In the classroom, 417 Monmouth student-athletes generated an overall grade-point-average of 3.19, the highest mark in program history, while the men’s basketball program posted its highest GPA in team history with a 3.224 in Spring 2013 and the football squad – 90 players strong – notched a 2.993 this last term.
“Students first, our athletes garnered their highest team GPA of 3.19,” added McNeil. “Outstanding success by many of our teams and individual athletes reminds us of our primary mission, to educate and to graduate. Every day, these remarkable men and women work as hard in the classroom as they do in their competitive arenas, and we are all rewarded and proud of their amazing accomplishments!”
Monmouth’s successes by team are numerous, while individual student-athletes garnered recognition for their hard work in the classroom as well. Women’s Basketball senior Carly Thibault, a two-time Academic All-District selection, was honored with the Alumni Association Academic Achievement Award, given to the baccalaureate degree candidate who earned the highest grade point average during a four year academic career spent exclusively at Monmouth, as Thibault registered a perfect 4.0 in psychology.
While 136 members of Monmouth’s Athletics teams were named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll (3.2 GPA or higher) in the fall and winter, 35 Hawks earned NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll status over that same span with a 3.75 GPA or better. Overall, 252 Monmouth student-athletes garnered Dean’s List accolades in 2012-13, 300 were in the 3.00 – 3.49 range, and only two finished this academic year below a 2.0.
“Our student-athletes work extremely hard, but credit also needs to go to our Athletics Academic Support Staff, who understand the needs of each individual and the vision of the University,” noted McNeil, whose 15 of 18 athletic teams finished with at least a 3.0, while the other three claimed above a 2.9 GPA this semester.
In the fall, the Women’s Soccer team, which posted the department’s highest GPA on the year (3.425), earned its 15th straight National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, while the Men’s Soccer side earned its fourth straight NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Not to be outdone, Field Hockey earned accolades as a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Team Award Winner (3.0 or better) for the fourth straight year and the fifth time in the last six seasons. Nine field hockey players earned National Academic Squad recognition (3.3), while Tara Brown and Amanda Schoenfeld were tabbed NFHCA Scholars of Distinction with a 3.9 GPA or higher.
The Monmouth Football program, which celebrated its 20th season in 2012, had three major players – Andrew Sutton, Tyler George and Eric Spillane - earn Capitol One College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team accolades, while Sutton was also named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Academic All-Star Team.
In addition, sophomore Benjamin Boyd won the NEC’s Winter Scholar-Athlete Award for indoor track and field, the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Fields earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team citations and junior second baseman Jake Gronsky, who helped lead the Hawks to yet another NEC Baseball Championships appearance, garnered Academic All-District honors this spring.
Monmouth Athletics, which will venture into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for all sports but Football (Big South in 2014) and Women’s Bowling (Independent) starting July 1, 2013, claimed 68 Northeast Conference Championships during its tenure with the league, and has registered a 3.0 overall GPA in each of the last nine years.
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