Bucs Set Program Record with 262 Student-Athletes on SoCon Honor Roll
Bucs Set Program Record with 262 Student-Athletes on SoCon Honor Roll
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Twenty-Five Bucs post 4.0 GPA; 67 earn Commissioner’s Medal

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (June 25, 2020) – It was another record-setting day for ETSU Athletics, this time thanks to the Southern Conference Honor Roll. The Bucs placed 262 student-athletes on the 2019-20 SoCon Honor Roll, blowing by the program’s previous record of 229 set in 2017-18. The SoCon office released the Honor Roll on Thursday morning.

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, posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher for the academic year, were eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists.

“Congratulations to our many academic award winners,” SoCon Commissioner Jim Schaus said. “These accomplishments are something that we value highly and celebrate widely as much as athletic success. Student always comes first in theory and in practice in the term student-athletes in the SoCon. Academic excellence is the hallmark of our 10 outstanding institutions. Thanks also to those faculty and campus staff who support our students in their success.”

ETSU’s 262 selections marks the fourth time in the last five years that the Bucs have eclipsed the 200-mark in SoCon Honor Roll selections.

In addition to the Honor Roll, the league office announced the Commissioner’s Medal winners as well as the student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The Blue & Gold saw 67 student-athletes take home the SoCon Commissioner’s Medal, which is awarded to those who obtain a GPA of 3.8 or higher throughout the course of the year. ETSU also had 25 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Below is a list of the 25 ETSU student-athletes that maintained a 4.0 GPA:

  • Dustin Nickle – Football
  • Brett Strother – Football
  • Seth Bowden – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
  • Josh Krafsur – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
  • Ben O’Connor – Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
  • Bruno Andrade – Men’s Soccer
  • John Lucchesi – Men’s Soccer
  • J. Robbins – Men’s Soccer
  • Josh Salinas – Men’s Soccer
  • Dylan Bednarczyk – Men’s Tennis
  • Chris Mikrovas – Men’s Tennis
  • Noah Shelton – Men’s Track & Field
  • Lili Bowen – Softball
  • Nikki Grupp – Softball
  • Lauren Lee – Softball
  • Kylie Toler – Softball
  • Alyssa Hatley – Volleyball
  • Mary Catherine Smith – Volleyball
  • Emily Lord – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
  • Beatrice Abati – Women’s Soccer
  • Allie Duggan – Women’s Soccer
  • Raffaella Giuliano – Women’s Soccer
  • Elena Pisani – Women’s Soccer
  • Rachel Reid – Women’s Soccer
  • Michelle de Haan – Women’s Tennis

The ETSU football team led the charge with 47 student-athletes on the Honor Roll, followed by women’s cross country/track & field (36), women’s soccer (30), baseball and men’s soccer (25), softball (23) and men’s cross country/track & field (17).

The smaller roster sports were paced by volleyball (13), women’s basketball and triathlon (9), men’s golf and women’s tennis (7), women’s golf (6) and men’s basketball and men’s tennis (4).

There were five different ETSU teams that had 100 percent of their rosters selected for the Honor Roll: Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis and Volleyball.

Overall, the league watched a record-setting 2,646 student-athletes named to the SoCon Honor Roll from the 10 member institutions and 17 associate members.

Mercer led the league with 341 members on the Honor Roll, followed by Furman (280) and then the Bucs (262). Each of the SoCon’s 10 full members had at least 176 student-athletes on the list.

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