WKU Athletics Tops Sun Belt Conference Academic Awards List

Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University athletics topped the Sun Belt Conference’s annual list of academic award winners released Wednesday with 156 student-athletes named to the league’s Academic Honor Roll and Commissioner’s List for the 2004-05 school year. It’s the second straight year that Western has had the most individuals honored by the league.

“I credit such impressive academic statistics to our coaches who have created a culture of high academic expectations, very similar to those that have been established athletically. We have identified and enrolled student-athletes who are very serious about not only getting a quality education, but excelling in that effort,” Dr. Wood Selig, Western’s Director of Athletics, said. “Additionally, our academic support team does a tremendous job in supporting the academic initiatives of every student-athlete. Such success often goes unnoticed and under reported which is extremely unfortunate given the dedication and commitment made academically by our young men and women who represent WKU on our twenty intercollegiate athletic teams.”

WKU had 86 individuals named to the Academic Honor Roll for recording a grade-point average between 3.0-3.49 last year, while 70 student-athletes made the Commissioner’s List with a GPA of 3.5 or better during that time.

North Texas was second among conference schools with 134 honorees, while four other league members had at least 100 individuals recognized.

In fact, eight of Western’s 20 sports posted a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher last year, with seven other squads recording at least a 2.8 GPA. Of Western’s 390 total student-athletes, 191 had a 3.0 GPA in one semester in 2004-05 while 182 have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Twenty-seven individuals earned a 4.0 GPA last semester as well.

Additionally, Western athletics led the Sun Belt in the NCAA’s initial Academic Progress Rate (APR) report last year with a cumulative score of 967 (based on 1,000 total points). Eighteen of WKU’s 20 teams came in above the required score of 925 — the men’s tennis and volleyball programs both posted a perfect mark — with 17 squads scoring above the national average for their sport.

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