KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 1,290 athletic programs, including a record 16 from Spring Arbor University, have been named 2013-14 NAIA Scholar Teams.
"I am absolutely elated with the academic achievements of our athletic teams," said SAU Director of Athletics Ryan Cottingham. "I am so proud of the commitment our student-athletes have continually made in their pursuit of excellence academically, athletically, and spiritually. I want to commend our coaches for demanding excellence on and off the playing field, and I want to thank our extraordinary faculty and staff for their ongoing investment into the growth and development of our student-athletes. It is a total team effort and we give God the glory."
The women's basketball team led all SAU programs with a 3.84 grade-point average, which was also the second-best mark in the country. Only Ashford University's men's golf team posted a higher GPA (3.86).
Four more Cougar squads, in addition to the women's basketball team, had a GPA of 3.5 or higher, including women's cross country (3.74), volleyball (3.62), softball (3.60) and men's cross country (3.59).
Spring Arbor's 16 Scholar Teams ranked eighth overall, and second in the Crossroads League trailing only Taylor University which boasts 18.
For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
|Women's Cross Country||3.74|
|Men's Cross Country||3.59|
|Men's Indoor Track & Field||3.39|
|Women's Indoor Track & Field||3.37|
|Women's Outdoor Track & Field||3.36|
|Men's Outdoor Track & Field||3.36|
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