Tiger Student-Athletes To Be Honored at Halftime of Men's Basketball Game Saturday.
Jan. 17, 2008
MEMPHIS, TENN. - At halftime of the men's basketball game versus Southern Miss on Saturday, more than 150 Tiger student-athletes will be honored for their academic accomplishments during the fall semester.
For the first time ever, 50 percent (166 total) of Memphis' 331 student-athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and earned recognition into the Tiger 3.0 Club. That number does not include members of the cheer/pom squad, which placed an additional 19 members on the Tiger 3.0 Club.
In addition to the Tiger 3.0 Club, honorees to the Tiger Academic 30 will be introduced. The Tiger Academic 30 is made up of the top student-athletes from each team and the next best student-athletes to form an elite group of 30. Volleyball was represented by six athletes, while baseball and women's soccer placed four athletes each into the prestigious group. Of the 32 student-athletes who make up the Tiger Academic 30, 14 earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
"Our staff was very excited with the academic achievements of our student-athletes in the fall semester," said Dr. Joe Luckey, the director of the Center for Athletic Academic Services. "The baseball program set its highest team GPA ever and joined nine other teams with fall team GPA's above 3.0. Fifty percent of our student-athletes achieving a 3.0 semester GPA represents a total team effort amongst the students, the coaches and our staff.
"Our university and the Memphis community should feel very proud of the student-athletes we have here," added Luckey.
Two Tiger teams will also be recognized for holding the highest team grade point average in the fall. The men's tennis team, which posted a 3.5 GPA, is led by head coach Paul Goebel and the women's cross country team, which turned in a 3.7 GPA, is led by head coach Kevin Robinson.
Below is a full listing of the student-athletes who make up the Tiger Academic 30.
Christine Bach, volleyball Brad Benjamin, men's golf Whitney Bolton, women's cross country/track Kristin Chamberlain, women's tennis Sarah Chambers, volleyball Alysse Davis, women's basketball Chen Edri, women's track Benedikt Fischer, men's tennis Curtis Gibbs, men's cross country/track Brittany Gooch, softball Gresh Gorman, volleyball Andrew Hahn, rifle Kimmi Hayden, softball Brandon Hunt, football Mark Jobe, baseball Willie Kemp, men's basketball Tarah Kerr, women's soccer Kelsey Labrum, volleyball Emily Malinowski, women's track/cross country Jason Miller, baseball Adam Montgomery, men's soccer Kate Murphy, women's soccer Alexa Porter, women's golf Matt Reagan, football Tyler Roberts, baseball Katie Sabet, women's soccer Becky Shaffer, volleyball Brennan Somers, men's soccer Vendula Strnadova, women's soccer Emily Underwood, volleyball Janelle Valle, softball Chad Zurcher, baseball