Macon, Ga. - Four USC Upstate student-athletes recorded perfect 4.0 grade point averages during the 2013-14 academic year to help the Atlantic Sun Conference feature nine sports with new academic highs.
Men?s soccer Spartans Sam Moss (biology), Jack Rubin (business management) and Marvin Schmiege (business management) all turned in 4.0 GPAs, while women?s golf junior Rachel Reiling (education) also accomplished the feat.
In addition, more than 64 percent of the student-athletes in the A-Sun posted a 3.0 grade point average or better and four institutions recorded highs during the 2013-14 academic year.
"What an amazing conclusion to a fantastic year for the A-Sun; congratulations to our student-athletes!? said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. ?These results reflect an impressive commitment from every part of the A-Sun team ? student-athletes, coaches, faculty, athletic department staff ? all meeting our mission of Building Winners for Life at the highest level ever."
Already one of the most successful seasons for the A-Sun in recent history in terms of its competition and participation in postseason play, many also reached unparalleled heights in the classroom as well. For the fifth consecutive year more than 60 percent of the A-Sun's teams were honored, a first for the conference.
Additionally, a total of nine sports also recorded percentage highs including baseball, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's tennis, women's cross country and volleyball. Five sports also turned in totals of at least 80 percent of the teams recording a 3.0 GPA or better ? women's lacrosse (84.52), sand volleyball (83.56), men's tennis (81.58), women's soccer (80.42) and women's cross country (80.00).
A total of 38 student-athletes earned Presidential Scholar recognition by completing their eligibility with a GPA of 3.8 or better. President's Scholar honors are earned by all student-athletes who are listed in the final squad list for their sport, who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above, who have completed their final year of eligibility and who have received their bachelor's degree this year.
Including many from this elite group of scholars, a total of 119 (up from 114 in 2012-13) student-athletes received their undergraduate degrees while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2013-14 academic year.
Another 41 student-athletes claimed Commissioner Scholar recognition for landing between the 3.6 and 3.79 GPA status upon graduation, along with meeting the same requirements as Presidential Scholar recipients. Conference Scholar recognition was bestowed on another 627 individuals for their sustained achievement over at least two years, paired with a 3.4 cumulative GPA or better.
The A-Sun recognized 1,714 student-athletes as All-Academic selections for their work in the classroom by reaching the 3.0 mark, up from last year by an impressive 214.
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 footprint reaches into seven of the top 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.