Record setting semester achieved by Red Wolves in classroom
From Arkansas State University
performance reached an all-time high during a record-setting
2013 fall semester for Arkansas State Athletics, which saw its
student-athletes achieve a 3.029 all-department GPA that was the highest
in school history.
a school-record 197 student-athletes earning a spot on the Athletic
Director's Honor Roll,
the Red Wolves put together their best showing ever in the classroom
last semester. Among the 57 percent of all A-State's student-athletes
to receive the distinction, 45 of them held down a 4.0 GPA. Out of 348
student-athletes, that's close to 15 percent
who accomplished academic perfection.
am extremely proud of this group of student-athletes representing
Arkansas State," said A-State
Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir. "This is a great testament to
them, our coaching staff and administration, so I give them a standing
ovation for their academic dedication. We stress the importance of
academics daily, and this proves our student-athletes
have stepped up and accepted the challenge to achieve more than ever
before in the classroom. Everything we do, and everything we stand for,
starts with their trek to graduating. We are always rising."
with the Red Wolves claiming two out of six Sun Belt Conference titles,
which helped lead
them to second place in the league's Bubas Cup standings by the end of
fall, their academic performance last semester has taken center stage.
Twelve of A-State's 16 NCAA sports posted a team GPA of at least 3.0,
led by the women's tennis squad with a 3.60.
other sports that hit a 3.0 included women's soccer (3.49), women's
cross country (3.44),
women's bowling (3.40), women's golf (3.24), baseball (3.19), men's golf
(3.16), men's cross country (3.09), women's indoor/outdoor track and
field (3.06) and women's volleyball (3.03).
sport was represented by at least three student-athletes on the
Athletic Director's Honor
Roll. The distinction went to every tennis player, and 12 teams had at
least 56 percent of their student-athletes make the list. Included in
the group was senior football player Brian Davis, who became Arkansas
State's sixth football student-athlete to ever
earn First Team Academic All-America honors.
success enjoyed last semester was in line with an upward trend in
academic progress by the
Red Wolves. The 2013 fall semester marked the third time in school
history A-State Athletics has reached a 3.0 all-department GPA, and all
three times have been over the last four semesters dating back to the
spring of 2012.
student-athletes continue to commit great amounts of time and effort to
and this shows it's paying off for them," said Associate Athletics
Director for Student Services Stacey Willmott. "Our goal is to provide
all the resources possible to help our student-athletes succeed in the
classroom, but that success has largely been attained
as a product of their hard work. What a tremendous honor it is to work
with such a great group of young people."
well as the Red Wolves performed academically, they also enjoyed a
large amount of competitive
success last fall. The football team won its third straight Sun Belt
Conference title and then claimed its second straight GoDaddy Bowl
victory, while women's cross country claimed its first ever
women's bowling team earned a No. 1 national ranking during the fall
semester. Women's volleyball
and soccer both advanced to the semifinals of the SBC tournament. The
men's cross country team enjoyed its best finish ever at the
SBC championships, and women's golf collected three top-four finishes in
four fall tournaments played.
12 student-athletes from six sports were named a Sun Belt Conference
or Player of the Week a combined 18 times. The Red Wolves also had 17
players named All-Sun Belt Conference, and two football players were
named All-America by Sports Illustrated.
Including both academic and competitive performance, the A-State athletics programs and student-athletes
enjoyed eight achievements during the fall semester that were accomplished for the first time in school history.