Bulldogs tie NAIA-high with 16 Scholar Teams

Concordia ties NAIA-high with 16 Scholar Teams

Sixteen 2011-12 Bulldog squads earned NAIA Scholar Team honors, tying fellow GPAC school Hastings for the most in the NAIA, the national office announced Friday.

“This news is a significantly positive testament to our athletic department, which emphasizes commitment on and off the playing field,” athletic director Devin Smith said. “Our coaches seek young men and women who fully embrace what it means to be a student-athlete. Our athletic programs are blessed with student-athletes who successfully balance the challenging demands of not only athletics, but classroom work and service to Christ.”

From the NAIA release: “For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.”

Head coach Lisa White’s women’s soccer squad posted the highest grade-point average among all Bulldog athletic programs with a combined GPA of 3.60.

In addition to being named a Scholar Team, first-year head coach Scott Mattera’s volleyball squad was also one of 32 NAIA teams to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-2012 season. The AVCA award recognizes both collegiate and high school volleyball programs and requires a team to maintain a 3.30 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

The following Concordia programs were recognized as 2011-12 NAIA Scholar Teams:

  • Women’s Soccer – 3.60 GPA
  • Volleyball – 3.57 GPA
  • Men’s Cross Country – 3.55 GPA
  • Women’s Track & Field – 3.54 GPA
  • Women’s Cross Country – 3.50 GPA
  • Softball – 3.46 GPA
  • Women’s Golf – 3.45 GPA
  • Men’s Track & Field – 3.40 GPA
  • Women’s Basketball – 3.39 GPA
  • Men’s Tennis – 3.36 GPA
  • Women’s Tennis – 3.30 GPA
  • Men’s Basketball – 3.20 GPA
  • Baseball – 3.19 GPA
  • Men’s Golf – 3.15 GPA
  • Football – 3.05 GPA
  • Men’s Soccer – 3.01 GPA

For the Scholar Team release from the NAIA, click here. For the Academic Award release from the AVCA, click here.

20 July 2012