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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 4, 2012) – The ETSU softball team lived up to the title “scholar-athlete” in the spring of 2012.
Head Buccaneer softball coach Brad Irwin saw 100-percent of his team make the Atlantic Sun All-Academic list during the spring semester. While playing a rigorous schedule – which saw the Blue and Gold play 35 of their games away from Johnson City – all 18 ETSU softball players still managed to record a grade-point-average above a 3.0.
“I am very proud of my team for the way they performed in the classroom,” said Irwin, whose team posted the ninth highest GPA among NCAA Division I institutions a year ago. “We played away from home a lot this season, which forced our girls to miss some classes, but these numbers are a testament to their strong work ethic. These numbers also show how dedicated our Academic Services department is to helping our student-athletes on a day-to-day basis.”
In addition to the 18 scholar-athletes who made the all-academic list, seven softball players achieved Dean’s List honors (3.7 GPA or better) as Marlina Delisa (Tucson, Ariz.), Whitley Hensley (Erwin, Tenn.), Casey Horner (Whitesburg, Tenn.), Annie Martin (Centerville, Tenn.), Shelby Morris (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), Lily Robins (Collierville, Tenn.), and Mariam Wood (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) joined the prestigious group.
The seven softball players who made the Dean’s List were a part of history in the spring, as a record 30-percent of the ETSU student-athletes finished with at least a 3.7 GPA. Overall, 78 of the 262 ETSU student-athletes made the Dean’s List, 25 scholar-athletes appeared on the Buccaneer 4.0 Club – including Martin, Morris, and Robins – and 11 of the 14 athletic programs earned team GPAs of a 3.0 or higher for the 2011-12 academic year.
“We are proud of the overall performance of our student-athletes this semester,” said ETSU Academic Coordinator Charvi Greer. “The emphasis our coaches place on academics has translated into students taking pride and succeeding in the classroom. With ten of our sports competing during the spring, it is outstanding our student-athletes were able to balance both the athletic and academic demands placed upon them and excel in both arenas. Looking forward, our goal is to continue to build on the academic accomplishments of this notable year."
Below are the 25 scholar-athletes who made the Buccaneer 4.0 Club.
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