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September 28, 2009

Another A+ for Golden Eagle softball team

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second straight year, the Tennessee Tech softball team has been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as one of the top academic teams in the nation.

When the NFCA announced the annual Girls Got Game Top 10 All-Academic Teams for 2008-09, a ranking based on GPAs submitted for the school year, coach Tory Acheson's Golden Eagles are ranked fourth.

"I am so proud of our players," Acheson said. "After the success of last year and being ranked number one, these young ladies gave themselves a challenge to repeat that success. When you put this in perspective and see where Tennessee Tech stands academically among all the teams out there, it's something each and every player is a part of and can take pride in. It's something that stays with them for the rest of their lives.

"Win or lose, they know their first priority at Tennessee Tech is to receive an education, and they can say that the are among the very best in the nation,"Acheson said.

Through this program, the NFCA honors high school and collegiate softball teams for their success in the classroom. Tech was the national champion in 2007-08 and nearly repeated that high success with its fourth place finish in 2008-09.

Robert Morris University earned the top spot in Division I with a 3.610 GPA. Drexel was second at 3.527, followed by Indiana State at 3.523. The Golden Eagles combined to post a team GPA of 3.509. The University of Florida rounded out the Top Five with a 3.490 GPA.

"We could not be any more prooud of coach Acheson and his student-athletes for this achievement, and to be ranked two years in a row really says something about their effort, dedication and commitment to academic success," said Mark Wilson, TTU Director of Athletics.  "This ranking just reinforces what we already know, that coach Acheson and his student-athletes are truly winners in collegiate athletics."



This year’s top academic performers in six membership categories (NCAA Divisions I, II, III; NAIA; junior college; and high school weighted and non-weighted) are:

NCAA Division I
1. Robert Morris University, 3.610; 2. Drexel University, 3.527; 3. Indiana State University, 3.523; 4. Tennessee Tech University, 3.509; 5. University of Florida, 3.490; 6. Seton Hall University, 3.485; 7. Kent State University, 3.463; 8. Brown University, 3.462; 9. Western Illinois University, 3.446; 10. University of Alabama, 3.440.

NCAA Division II
1. Ouachita Baptist University, 3.663; 2. University of Arkansas, Monticello, 3.579; 3. Barry University, 3.555; 4. Grand Valley State University, 3.525; 5. Rockhurst University, 3.520; 6. Mercyhurst College, 3.432; 7. Gannon University, 3.425; 8. Augustana College; 3.420; 9. Anderson University, 3.416; 10. Adelphi University, 3.414.

NCAA Division III
1. Emerson College, 3.531; 2. Piedmont College, 3.530; 3 Springfield College, 3.503; 4. Lynchburg College, 3.500; 5. Bowdoin College, 3.494; 6. Otterbein College, 3.484; 7. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, 3.462; 8. Ithaca College, 3.458; 9. Gettysburg College, 3.395; 10. Kenyon College, 3.390.

NAIA
1. Bethel College, 3.545; 2. Peru State College, 3.486; 3. McKendree University, 3.470; 4. Oklahoma City University, 3.461; 5. Valley City State University, 3.457; 6. Lindenwood University, 3.440; 7. Central Methodist University, 3.427; 8. Saint Xavier University, 3.396; 9. Mount Marty College, 3.392; 10. Vanguard University of Southern California, 3.358.

Junior College
1. Wallace State Community College/Hanceville, 3.733; 2. Sussex County Community College, 3.476; 3. (tie) Barton Community College, 3.455; 3. (tie) Central Community College, 3.455; 5. Iowa Western Community College, 3.422; 6. Miami Dade College, 3.359; 7. Hutchinson Community College, 3.320; 8. Northwest Florida State College, 9. 3.306; Daytona State College, 3.300; 10. South Mountain Community College, 3.267.

High School (weighted):
1. Washburn Rural High School, 4.269; 2. Alexander Central High School, 4.260; 3. Splendora High School, 4.239; 4. Lincoln Southwest High School, 4.193; 5. East Surry High School, 4.042; 6. West Chester East High School, 4.031; 7. Yorktown High School, 4.021; 8. Blythewood High School, 4.015; 9. Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 3.993; 10. Berea High School, 3.910.

High School (non-weighted):
1. (tie) Hopkins High School, 3.812; 1. (tie) Madison County High School, 3.812; 3. Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, 3.777; 4. Stephen Decatur High School, 3.742; 5. Allen County - Scottsville High School, 3.731; 6. Jefferson Co High School, 3.723; 7. Joaquin High School, 3.702; 8. Plainedge High School, 3.700; 9. Seymour High School, 3.693; 10. Van High School, 3.690.