For the 16th consecutive semester the student-athletes of the Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics combined for a semester grade point average over 3.0. The Pioneers 811 student-athletes posted a 3.33 department GPA in the Fall 2016 semester.
"A hearty congratulations to our student-athletes our coaches and the faculty of Sacred Heart University on the continued academic success of our Pioneers," said Pioneer Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine. These accomplishments are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, and the support of the University community as a whole. I am humbled to lead this talented group of young men and women."
Leading the way were 38 undergraduate student-athletes and three graduate student-athletes with perfect 4.0 semester GPA's and 35 percent of Pioneer student-athletes, 287, earned Dean's List recognition with a 3.6 semester GPA. Female athletic teams combined for a 3.4 GPA, while male teams posted a 3.23 GPA, with 80 percent of student-athletes surpassing 3.0 for the fall semester.
The women's cross country team posted the highest team GPA during the fall semester, with the 32 student-athletes on that roster combining for a 3.64 GPA. On the men's side, the ice hockey team posted a 3.54 GPA amongst its 29 student-athletes. All told, 18 teams combined for a 3.4 GPA or better during the semester.
Pioneer student-athletes also completed 5,512.25 community service hours during the fall semester, nearly 5,000 of which are applicable to the NEC Building Communities Award. SHU has won the league honor for community service in five of the past six years. SHU SAAC collected a record 1,005-canned good for the Interfaith Food Collection, and teams took part in events such as Making Strides for Breast Cancer, the Walk to End Alzheimer's and the mentoring program at Dunbar and Waltersville Elementary School's.
SHU has won back-to-back NEC Academic Institutional Awards, posting a conference record 3.331 GPA during the 2015-16 academic year. That honor helped SHU become the first program in NEC history to win the Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup, the Academic Institutional Award and the NEC Building Communities Award in the same year.