July 7, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Slippery Rock University again ranked among the leaders in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete competition in 2010-11, according to numbers released today by the conference office.
Forty-one percent of The Rock’s student-athletes attained scholar-athlete status during the recently completed academic year, a success rate ranked only behind Gannon University’s 45 percent.
The Rock ranked third among the 14 conference institutions in the total number of scholar-athletes. SRU’s total of 172 trailed only West Chester University (203) and Mercyhurst College (196).
“We are extremely proud to again be recognized as one of the conference leaders in the scholar-athlete competition,” said Paul Lueken, SRU’s director of athletics. “This is a testament to the quality of student-athletes our coaches are recruiting to play for The Rock and an endorsement of the Academic Advisement Assistance program coordinated by Matt Meredith.”
An all-time-best total of 2,047 PSAC student athletes, or 32 percent of all the conference's student athletes, attained scholar-athlete status in 2010-11. The total number of student athletes honored surpassed the previous record of 2,021 set last year.
Eleven of The Rock’s 17 intercollegiate varsity teams had 10 or more of their student athletes named to 2010-11 honor, led by the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams with 49. The women’s cross country was represented by 26 student athletes, while the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams each placed 23 student athletes on the list.
The women’s field hockey team had 18 student athletes named, the football team had 17 student athletes, and the women’s volleyball and women’s softball teams each had 13 student athletes on the list. The women’s soccer team had 11 student athletes honored and the women’s lacrosse team had 10 representatives on the list.
Rounding out The Rock’s 2010-11 PSAC Scholar-Athletes list were five members each from the women’s tennis and men’s cross country teams, four members of the women’s basketball team, three members of the men’s soccer team, two members of the baseball team and one member of the men’s basketball team.
The 2010-11 academic year marked the seventh consecutive year in which SRU ranked either first or second among the conference institutions in the percentage of student-athletes who attained PSAC Scholar-Athlete status.
A complete list of SRU’s current scholar-athletes is available at: http://www.rockathletics.com/sports/2011/7/6/GEN_0706111250.aspx?id=418
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