Seven Straight 3.0 Semesters for Huskie Student-Athletes
Jan. 8, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. - Northern Illinois student-athletes combined to raise their cumulative grade point average to a school-record 3.076 this fall while posting their seventh straight semester with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eleven of 16 Huskie sports programs scored a team GPA of at least 3.0 and individually, 233 Northern Illinois student-athletes own a career 3.0 mark in the classroom.
In addition to seven consecutive semesters at the 3.0 level, Northern Illinois student-athletes have achieved the mark in nine of the last 10 terms dating back to the Spring of 2004. The Huskies' 3.076 cumulative GPA bettered the previous record of 3.074, set in Fall 2006.
"Northern Illinois student-athletes continue to raise the bar when it comes to their academic achievements," said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. "Congratulations not only to the student-athletes, but also to our coaches who make academics a priority on a daily basis. Finally, this achievement would not have been possible without the efforts of Senior Associate Athletic Director Francine St. Clair and her staff in the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services office. They are a dedicated group of professionals who do not get enough recognition for these accomplishments."
Leading the way among Huskie teams during the fall was the NIU women's cross country squad, which posted a 3.448 grade point average for the term and ranks second in cumulative GPA with a 3.321 mark. The Northern Illinois volleyball team is first in cumulative grade point average for the second time in the last three semesters with a 3.338 score, establishing their best mark in school history. Mark Sontag's women's gymnastics team ranked second among NIU programs for the fall semester at 3.369 and owns the third-highest cumulative team GPA (3.310).
The Huskie women's softball and women's track and field squads also achieved their highest cumulative GPAs this fall as softball is at 3.288 and track and field boasts a 3.208 score. Other Northern Illinois teams over the 3.0 mark following the fall are women's basketball (3.15), men's tennis (3.158), women's soccer (3.125), women's golf (3.103), men's soccer (3.074) and women's tennis (3.026). Men's tennis led the way in cumulative GPA among NIU men's teams with a 3.158 while men's soccer, the 2008 MAC runner-up on the field, had the highest term GPA for men's teams at 3.074. Three more NIU teams, including football (2.875) and wrestling (2.878) have a cumulative GPA above 2.8, giving the Huskies 14 teams at that level or better.
"I am really proud of our student-athletes, as well as our coaches and of course the SAASS staff," St. Clair said. "It takes a lot of hard work and dedication by a large group of people to achieve these results semester after semester. We have great support from the university administration as well as the entire athletic department."
Individually, 15 Northern Illinois student-athletes currently own a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average, led by second team men's soccer Academic All-American Kyle Knotek. Thirty-nine Huskies achieved a 4.0 for the fall semester.
Currently, 53 Huskie football players own a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher while 28 members of the women's track and field team have at least a 3.0 GPA. Men's soccer and gymnastics each have 17 3.0 student-athletes; softball and women's soccer check in with 16 individuals with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or above.
A complete list of NIU's current 3.0 student-athletes follows. Individuals with a perfect 4.0 GPA are indicated with an asterisk (*).
WOMEN'S SOCCER (16)
MEN'S SOCCER (17)
TRACK & FIELD (28)
CROSS COUNTRY (12)
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03/04/2013 - M. Basketball
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03/01/2013 - M. Basketball
02/27/2013 - M. Basketball