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All-time best: Combined 14-team GPA tops 3.0 for 11th consecutive semester


By Rob Schabert, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information
RSchabert@tntech.edu


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Talk about a winning streak, this one dates back five years without a blemish. To top it off, the latest "win" also shatters records.

For the 11th consecutive semester – every semester since spring 2009 - Tennessee Tech’s student-athletes have teamed up to top 3.0 for their combined grade point average (GPA). Golden Eagle student-athletes from 14 teams combined to post a 3.293 GPA for the 2014 Spring semester, the highest semester in school history.

The previous record high of 3.216 was achieved in fall 2013.

The success was all over the charts, too, with several teams registering high-water marks, pushing the standards and having a major impact in the classroom. Also for the first time, every Tech team was above 2.90.

Two Tech teams – soccer and football – registered the highest semester GPAs in the history of their sports.

Tennis led all teams during spring semester with a sizzling 3.574, their second best historical effort.
 
The soccer team’s 3.563 surpassed its previous record from fall semester 2013 of 3.541. Soccer's combined fall and spring semester average of 3.552 topped all teams for the best academic year 2013-14 average.
 
Football’s 2.936 set a new all-time high, eclipsing the 2.899 team GPA earned during spring 2013.
The men's basketball team, which topped the 3.0 barrier last semester for the first time, made it two-in-a-row with a 3.044 mark.

Two other teams of note were the women's and men's golf programs. After ranking first and second overall during the fall semester, both teams continued their recent string of topping 3.0. The women's team made it three straight and ranked fourth at 3.439, while the men's team made it five consecutive semesters and finished fifth at 3.434.

Both fall 2013 and spring 2014 resulted in the highest-ever percentage of teams (86 percent or 12 of 14 teams) posting team GPA's above 3.0 during a semester. A year ago, the mark was 79 percent when 11 of 14 teams hit the 3.0 plateau in both the fall and spring.
 
The Golden Eagle volleyball has the longest streak of uninterrupted semesters (28) with a team GPA exceeding 3.0, which began in fall 2000.

This is 11th consecutive semester that the Athletics Team GPA has been above 3.0, starting in spring 2009.

The successful Spring marks continue a trend by Golden Eagle student-athletes, who have achieved the 11 highest combined overall semester GPAs in the last 11 semesters.

“Academic success is an area we focus on and have placed a lot of emphasis in, and these results provide positive feedback that we are continuing to achieve our goals,” said TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson. “We are extremely proud of our student-athletes. Ultimately, they are the ones who have done the coursework and achieved these grades.

"Tennessee Tech has an outstanding faculty and these learning outcomes exhibit their dedication to teaching and learning," Wilson said. "We are grateful for their work with all students but especially student-athletes.”

The continued success didn't go unnoticed by TTU President Phil Oldham.

“Our student-athletes, faculty, coaching staffs and administration have a strong commitment to academic success, and these results continue to show that the programs we have in place, such as the WIN (Work Intensely Now) program, are working," Oldham said. "These positive academic trends are a testament to the efforts of all of the people involved, and the work of (TTU Assistant Athletic Director for Academics) Lance Jasitt and his staff.

The Golden Eagle tennis team led all of Tech's teams with a 3.574 team GPA, edging ahead of soccer with a 3.563 mark. It wasn’t a surprise for coach Kenny Doyle’s team to top the list, however, after the team also led the overall list in the 2012 and 2013 spring grading periods. It marked the 12th consecutive semester that the tennis team topped the 3.0 milestone.

Several other teams added to their streaks of consecutive semesters above the 3.0 mark. For soccer, the streak has reached 19 consecutive semesters and 23 of the last 24 semesters. For softball, the Spring 2014 results make it 18 semesters in a row and 22 of the last 24.