SPARTANBURG, S.C. (July 10, 2018) – The ETSU Department of Athletics turned in a record-breaking academic year in 2017-18, as the Southern Conference announced its Honor Roll list Tuesday afternoon.
ETSU placed a school record 229 student-athletes on the SoCon Honor Roll while also contributing to a Southern Conference record of 2,207 selections. This is the second time in the last three years ETSU has eclipsed 200 while also marking the third time the SoCon has superseded 2,000 selections.
Furthermore, 21 ETSU student-athletes posted a 4.0 grade-point-average for 2017-18 — seven more than last season. Also, 63 Buccaneers earned the Commissioner’s Medal award for having a 3.8 or higher throughout the academic year — a nine-person improvement from last year.
As a conference, the SoCon broke league records in both 4.0 GPA’s and Commissioner’s Medal award winners with 178 and 525, respectively, since the SoCon moved the minimum requirement from a 3.5 to 3.8 GPA in 2015-16 for the Commissioner’s Medal.
Below is the list of 21 ETSU student-athletes that finished with a 4.0 GPA for the academic year:
The ETSU football team placed 57 athletes on the honor roll, while the men’s and women’s track and field programs combined for 41 (23 women, 18 men).
The women’s soccer team placed 21 on the honor roll and led all ETSU teams with 15 Commissioner’s Medal Award winners and five 4.0 GPA’s. Not far behind was ETSU softball, placing 20 on the honor roll with nine Commissioner’s Medal winners and four 4.0 GPA’s.
The ETSU baseball squad added 21 representatives on honor roll, while men’s soccer placed 18 on the list. The men’s golf team placed all eight of its athletes on the honor roll, while women’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s tennis were each one athlete shy of a 100 percent honor roll.
The triathlon, volleyball, women’s basketball teams each placed over half their rosters onto the honor roll list. Triathlon had four honor roll athletes out of six, the volleyball team produced 10 honor roll members from its 12 player roster, while women’s hoops placed seven of a possible 12.
The academic honor roll originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher, were eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists.
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