WKU Student-Athletes Continue To Get Job Done In Classroom

Bowling Green, Ky. — Once again, Western Kentucky University’s nearly 400 student-athletes are doing more than just winning championships. For the second year in a row, more than half the school’s individuals and programs recorded a 3.0 grade-point average or better in the spring.

“Academic success among student-athletes at WKU continues to parallel our outstanding athletic achievements, proving that our men and women who represent WKU are student-athletes in every dimension,” said the school’s Director of Athletics, Dr. Wood Selig. “Somehow we find a way to continue to improve our academic performance each year. Our coaches are doing a fabulous job recruiting quality students who are excellent athletes. Additionally, our coaches are doing a great job establishing a culture of high academic expectations for all student-athletes at WKU.

“I am continually amazed at the high percentage of teams with a 3.0 GPA or better, and the extraordinary numbers of 3.0 and even 4.0 GPAs each semester. These results illustrate the type of commitment our student-athletes make in the classroom.”

In all, 184 of 397 student-athletes on the Hill — 46.3 percent — completed last semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, while 211 individuals (53.1 percent) posted a 3.0 or better GPA in the spring. Fourteen of the school’s 20 programs saw better than half of their participants record at least a 3.0 GPA during the spring semester, highlighted by the performance of women’s tennis (86 percent), volleyball (85 percent), and women’s track and cross country (80 percent). Men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and women’s swimming and diving had better than 70 percent of their student-athletes achieve the feat as well.

And, a total of 44 WKU student-athletes had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Thirteen Hilltopper and Lady Topper teams collected at least a 3.0 GPA in the spring, and 11 have a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. That group includes four Sun Belt Conference regular and postseason champions from 2006-07 — women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball.

As an entire athletic program, WKU was the only school in the 13-member league that did not have a sport fall below the 925 mark in the NCAA’s Multi-Year Academic Progress Report (APR) which puts schools at risk of losing scholarships.

Ten student-athletes were recognized during the course of the 2006-07 season as Academic All-District or Academic All-America performers either by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) or their coaches associations. They were: Amanda Adams (cross country/track), Jennifer Adams (swimming), Wes Brown (swimming), Chris Davies (soccer), Mike Duncan (cross country/track), Meredith Goodson (soccer), Troy Hawkins (golf), Mitch Miller (swimming), Ty Rogers (basketball) and Marion Rumph (football).

— WKU —