FGCU Takes Atlantic Sun All-Sports Lead Into Spring
Thursday, March 14, 2013 | by Craig Threlkeld (Atlantic Sun Conference)
Santiago Echeverri
Santiago Echeverri

MACON, Ga. – Florida Gulf Coast University claimed regular season championships in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s basketball and leads the 2012-13 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Sports race following completion of the 2012-13 winter seasons.

The Eagles lead the overall race with a total of 177 points out of a possible 207 (.855), receiving 21 points in men’s cross country, 27 points in men’s soccer and men’s basketball, 12 in women’s cross country, and 30 each for their titles in women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s basketball. In the men’s race FGCU leads with a .862 percentage, accumulating 75 of the possible 87 points, while the Eagles lead the women’s race with 102 out of the possible 120 (.850) points.

FGCU also led the All-Sports race following the completion of the fall seasons. ETSU has won the Bill Bibb Trophy as the A-Sun All-Sports Champion in each of the award’s six years of existence.

Points for the A-Sun All-Sports title are awarded on a descending basis in three-point increments. A minimum of five full-fledged members must participate in a sport for that sport to be counted in the all-sports standings. The total number of points available for each sport is established according to the number of teams participating in each sport.

In team sports, points are awarded based on regular season finish. In individual sports (cross country, golf, track & field) points are awarded based on the A-Sun Championship standings. Ties split points, and the final All-Sports standings are based on percentage. Each institution's percentage score is determined by the aggregate calculation of each institution's points earned divided by the maximum points available to that institution.

The A-Sun’s Men’s All-Sports Champion claims the Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy following the completion of the conference’s spring sports. Men’s basketball champion Mercer currently occupies second place (72/87, .828), followed by ETSU in third (73.5/105, .700), men’s cross country champ USC Upstate (70.5/105, .671), Kennesaw State (45/78, .577), Northern Kentucky (54/105, .514) and Stetson (36/87, .414). Lipscomb (37.5/105, .357), Jacksonville (30/87, .345) and North Florida (34.5/105, .329) round out the men’s race.

The Sherman Day Trophy awaits the Women’s All-Sports Champion. The Eagles’ women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s basketball titles helped them secure the top spot, followed by Mercer (79.5/120, .663), Jacksonville (90/141, .638), North Florida (87/141, .617) and ETSU (85.5/141) in the top five. A women’s cross country championship places Lipscomb (72/141, .511) in a tie with Kennesaw State for sixth, followed by Northern Kentucky (69/141, .489), Stetson (42/120, .350) and USC Upstate (45/141, .319).

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 boasts six of the top eight 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.