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Grand Canyon led all Division I softball teams with a 3.790 team grade-point average in the Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 10 Academic Team rankings for the 2017-18 school year. Utah Valley (3.50) and NM State (3.136) were also honored as NFCA Academic Teams.
Grand Canyon has earned the 2017-18 WAC Academic Excellence Award. The award is determined by a point system and presented to the institution that performs the best in the following areas: the average grade-point average (GPA) for each undergraduate student-athlete, the average GPA of each undergraduate student-body compared to the average GPA of an institution’s student-athletes and the most recent two-year average of institutional Academic Progress Rate scores.
The WAC provides an exemplary university athletic experience where student-athletes compete at the highest collegiate level with utmost integrity.
DURHAM, N.C. – NM State baseball's Nick Gonzales added to his growing list of postseason honors on Wednesday. Following a standout rookie season, he earned his fifth freshman All-American nod. The second baseman was named a Baseball America Second-Team Freshman All-American.
NM State junior softball player Kelsey Horton and senior men’s basketball player Jemerrio Jones are the 2017-18 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winners. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.
Student-athletes gain values from the WAC that extend far beyond their academic and athletic years. The life lessons they learn will inspire them to become better people, but more importantly, they'll become stronger leaders by inspiring those who follow them.
Grand Canyon Deputy Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Jamie Boggs has been appointed as the WAC representative to the NCAA Division I Council, it was announced today.
The Western Athletic Conference held its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) summer in-person meeting July 27-29 on the campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. WAC SAAC representatives from all nine league institutions discussed various national, Conference and institutional topics ranging from the student-athlete transfer issues and early recruitment to diversity and inclusion on their respective campuses.
CSU Bakersfield cross country and track and field athlete Angel Valdez and Grand Canyon softball player Bianca Boling have been selected by the WAC senior woman administrators to represent the conference for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award. In its 28th year, the award recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
NM State men’s basketball student-athlete Jemerrio Jones has been awarded the 2017-18 WAC Sportsmanship Award for his display of sportsmanship during the season.
CSU Bakersfield Deputy Athletics Director Dena Freeman-Patton has been selected by the Women Leaders in College Sports as the NCAA Division I (Non-Football) 2018 Administrator of the Year Award recipient.
DENVER – Utah Valley cross country and track athlete Tyson Lambert and Grand Canyon softball player Bianca Boling have been named the 2017-18 Western Athletic Conference Stan Bates Award winners. Named in honor of former WAC Commissioner Stan Bates, the annual award is given to the WAC’s top male and female scholar-athletes and recognizes athletic, academic and community accomplishments. The award includes a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Kansas City Deputy Athletic Director Ursula Gurney today was awarded the N4A Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented annually to a N4A member who has demonstrated continuous N4A membership for five years, leadership in N4A at the regional or national level, a high quality of which is recognized by N4A peers and contributions above and beyond the normal service required by positions of leadership.