SRU student-athletes help PSAC hit performance records


SRU athletics

Sept. 11, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference members such as Slippery Rock University have a great deal to brag about these days. In addition to being the largest conference in the NCAA with 18 members, the association racked up a number of record achievements during the 2014-15 academic year.

In a letter to member institutions, Steve Murray the conference commissioner, shared the following highlights:

• 38 percent of PSAC student-athletes (2,691) achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better (both record marks);

• 77 percent of all PSAC teams achieved team cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better;

• The average GPA of a PSAC student-athlete was 3.12, up 0.03 from the previous year;

• The PSAC's Federal Graduation Rate is 64 percent, the second highest among the NCAA Division II's 24 conferences, and 8 points higher than the general student body (includes only student-athletes who received athletic scholarships in their first year);

• The PSAC's Academic Success Rate is 79 percent, the fifth best among Division II conferences (includes all student-athletes in the cohort);

• 88 percent of PSAC teams have an ASR above the national average for their sport;

• Most PSAC sports rank above their respective sport's national ASR average. Leading that list with higher ASRs than the national sport average were: football (10 percent higher), Men's Cross Country/Track & Field (10 percent), Baseball (9 percent), men's soccer (9 percent), wrestling (9 percent), men's basketball (8 percent) and women's cross country/track & field (8 percent); and

• The PSAC produced 47 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2014-15, the most of any Division II conference (35 was second most).

Slippery Rock University helped to contribute to the leagues' success in a number of ways:

• A total of 171 SRU student-athletes were named as PSAC Scholar-Athletes for maintaining a 3.25 GPA or above during the 2014-15 academic year. Among the 171 student-athletes honored, a total of 13 recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA;

• Slippery Rock had seven student-athletes named to Capital One Academic All-District teams, three of which went on to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors. SRU now has a total of 79 Academic All-Americans, the fifth most among all NCAA Division II institutions and the most in the PSAC;

• Slippery Rock had five student-athletes named to the PSAC Top 10 during the 2014-15 academic year. PSAC Top 10 awards are designed to recognize student-athletes who excel in both the classroom and in athletic competition. The PSAC Top 10 is awarded following the fall, winter and spring seasons; and

• SRU's field hockey team posted the highest team GPA of any NCAA Division II team in the county. SRU has recorded the best GPA in the nation in four of the last five years and has been in the top three in each of the last seven years.

"I am extremely proud of our student-athletes and the honor they bring to the University both on-and-off the field," Cheryl Norton, SRU president said. "These accomplishments are a testament to our students and coaches who recognize the student-athletes' academic experience is first-and-foremost the reason why they are attending SRU."

Murray said, "Our intention must be to continue this remarkable level of success, improving as we can. Our mission is to educate and help our student-athletes grow. We are proud of our accomplishments and our future is bright."In addition to SRU, the PSAC includes Bloomsburg, California (Pa), Clarion, Cheyney, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Gannon, Indiana (Pa), Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Mercyhurst, Millersville, Pitt-Johnstown, Seton Hill, Shippensburg and West Chester Universities.

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