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Five Memphis Teams Receive C-USA Sport Academic Awards

Women's Golf was one of five U of M teams to earn the C-USA Sport Academic Award
Women's Golf was one of five U of M teams to earn the C-USA Sport Academic Award

July 23, 2012

IRVING, Texas - Five University of Memphis teams earned Conference USA Sport Academic Awards, the most by any C-USA institution, the league office announced on Monday. The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest GPA for the 2011-12 academic year.

The University of Memphis was also one of four Conference USA institutions in which student-athletes combined for better than a 3.0 grade point average.

Four U of M programs were repeat selections including the men's golf team which also won the 2012 C-USA Championship. The Memphis women's golf team received its third straight C-USA Sport Academic Award while both baseball and men's cross country were also repeat winners. Also recognized with a C-USA Sport Academic Award was the Memphis women's tennis team.

In addition to receiving its third straight C-USA Sport Academic Award, women's golf was recognized for the third straight year by the National Golf Association (NCGA) for its team grade point average. Among NCAA Division I, II and III schools, as well as NAIA schools, the Lady Tigers finished eighth in the country with a cumulative 3.711 GPA.

Six members of the team were honored by the NGCA as 2011-12 All-American Scholars. Alex Aläng, Kathleen Glavin, Julia Hodgson, Sarah Mathews, Marissa Steen and Ashleigh Whisenant all were recognized by the NGCA. The award requires student-athletes to carry at least a 3.5 grade point average and they must participate in at least half of their team's events.

Glavin and Steen, a pair of seniors on the Tigers' 2011-12 squad, were named to the Conference USA Women's Golf All-Academic Team. Steen, a repeat selection to the team, carried a 3.94 grade point average in Sports & Leisure Management while Glavin had a 3.94 GPA in Exercise & Sports Science.

"I'm very excited about the girls winning the conference GPA award for the third straight year; it shows great commitment on their part and the university to excel not only on the course, but in the classroom," women's golf coach Beth Harrelson said. "We have tremendous leadership on the team that has created an atmosphere for academic excellence with high expectations."

The Memphis men's golf team posted a 3.402 grade point average during the 2011-12 season. Senior Jack Belote was a repeat selection on the Conference USA Men's Golf All-Academic Team this spring as a senior. He carried a 3.75 GPA in Health & Human Performance/Exercise & Sports Science.

"I'm very proud of the team for this award," men's golf coach Grant Robbins said. "I think it speaks volumes about the type of players we have. To win the C-USA title and win the academic award in the same year is quite an accomplishment."

Baseball collected its third C-USA Sport Academic Award after advancing to the title game of the Conference USA Championship. The Tiger baseball team combined for a cumulative 3.225 GPA.

The Tigers had three players named to the Conference USA All-Academic Baseball Team. Pitchers Dan Langfield and Sam Moll were joined by shortstop Ethan Gross on the squad.

Langfield, a third-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds during the 2012 MLB Draft, carried a 3.69 GPA in Sport & Leisure Management. Moll, a sophomore majoring in Accounting, had a 3.69 GPA while Gross, a sophomore also majoring in Accounting, had a 3.82 GPA.

"I'm very excited that our guys continue to be recognized for the work they do in the classroom as well as on the field," baseball coach Daron Schoenrock said. "To have a team make it to the C-USA Championship game as well as win the C-USA Sport Academic Award speaks volumes to both sides of the student-athlete experience here. I want to credit Academic Counselor Bridget VanLandeghem and Associate Head Coach Fred Corral for their hard work in monitoring our guys day-to-day and seeing to the academic needs."

Repeat C-USA Sport Academic Award recipient men's cross country combined for the athletic department's highest sport grade point average - a 3.736.

Maglasang, along with teammates Austin Carter, Fabian Fiege, Keanan Joyner, Dan Kuhman, Justin Pinkston, Jeremy Rice, Trent Scott, Robert Skinner, Zachary Turner and Julien Wolf were all named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Additionally, Carter, Fiege, Joyner, Kuhman, Pinkston, Scott and Wolf received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal honor for holding a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

"I'm so incredibly proud of these guys," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "This group of young men continues to impress with their academic prowess. This is a very special group of student athletes. They certainly represent this program, the department, and the institution in an honorable way. This is another fine academic honor for the men's cross team." 

The women's tennis team combined to register a 3.614 team cumulative grade point average to also garner a C-USA Sport Academic Award.

Memphis had two student-athletes named to the 2012 Conference USA All-Academic Team.

Junior Courtney Collins, an Interdisciplinary Studies major who carries a 3.86 GPA, was a repeat selection on the league's all-academic team. Joining Collins on the squad was Tiffany Welcher who carries a 3.66 grade point average in Liberal Studies. Memphis was the only conference team to have multiple selections on the league's all-academic squad.

"The results take care of themselves when one appreciates the opportunity to learn and grow," women's tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker said. "This gratitude and perspective usually overflows in an unmatched effort and discipline. I am thankful the team has this attitude about their schooling."

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