@FGCUEagles Continue To Achieve In The Classroom With Record Numbers
Monday, February 17, 2014 | by Jason MacBain (@JaBain)
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FGCU student-athletes posted a record-tying 3.31 semester GPA and record-breaking 3.33 cumulative GPA for the fall of 2013. (Photo Courtesy: FGCU Athletics)
FGCU student-athletes posted a record-tying 3.31 semester GPA and record-breaking 3.33 cumulative GPA for the fall of 2013. (Photo Courtesy: FGCU Athletics)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Athletics continues to epitomize what embodies a student-athlete as the Eagles extended their outstanding performance in the classroom with a record-tying 3.31 semester GPA and record-breaking 3.33 cumulative GPA for the fall of 2013.

FGCU student-athletes exceeded the FGCU undergraduate semester mark (3.02) for the 10th consecutive semester and 14 of the past 15 semesters. Additionally, over the course of the fall academic semester, the majority of FGCU’s 15 teams increased their overall GPA from where it stood at the end of the spring term.

Individually, 27 of FGCU’s student-athletes finished with a 4.0 GPA for the semester, representing more than 10 percent of the entire student-athlete body with a perfect grade for the term. Among the overall population of 257 student-athletes, nearly 77 percent (199) posted a fall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 40 percent (107) achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above.

“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 Athletic Academic Director Brian Boveington and the rest of our exemplary athletic academic advising staff,” Kavanagh continued. “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.”

In another testament to the student-athletes, coaches, support staff and faculty at FGCU, 48 percent of the student-athletes (124) improved their term GPA from the spring 2013 to fall 2013, with the average improvement being just above .35.

Specific team GPAs will be announced as part of FGCU’s Academic Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 26, but the following are highlights and benchmarks achieved by each team in the fall semester:

Baseball: Has now earned a 3.0 GPA or higher in five straight terms.

Men’s Basketball: Posted its second-highest overall GPA in the last 13 semesters.

Men’s Cross Country: Made a term improvement of .45 from the spring of 2013 to the fall of 2013.

Men’s Golf: Posted the highest overall GPA in team history.

Men’s Soccer: Earned the second-highest overall GPA in team history.

Men’s Tennis: Increased its semester GPA from the spring of 2013 to the fall of 2013 by .31.

Women’s Basketball: 11 out of 15 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the fall term, including three 4.0 GPA’s.

Women’s Cross Country: Recorded the highest term GPA in seven semesters, and earned the highest overall GPA in six semesters.

Women’s Golf: Out of the possible 37 total grades from the eight student-athletes, 86 percent were “A-“ or better.

Sand Volleyball: Increased its overall GPA for the second semester in a row (started program in the fall of 2012).

Women’s Soccer: Recorded the highest term and overall GPA in 10 semesters.

Softball: Posted the highest term GPA recorded in the last 13 semesters and second-highest overall GPA in 13 semesters.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: 29 out of 35 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0, 17 had a 3.5 or higher and three posted perfect 4.0s.

Women’s Tennis: Every student-athlete on the team had an overall GPA better than 3.0.

Volleyball: 12 out of 15 student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher; seven posted a 3.5 GPA or higher and one had a 4.0 GPA.