The Sacred Heart University softball team recorded the fifth-best team GPA in amongst NCAA Division I programs during the 2016-17 season. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the Easton/NFCA All-Academic Team honors on Tuesday.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for our program and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes," said co-head coach Pam London. "Coach Luckie and I couldn't be more proud of the effort our players put into achieving at the highest-level in the classroom and on the softball field."
SHU softball players combined for a 3.605 team GPA during the last academic year, including a 3.64 team GPA in the spring semester. That mark is the highest in program history and combined with the other 31 programs at SHU propelled Pioneer student-athletes to a department and NEC record 3.35 GPA.
The rankings recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions. Garnering the highest GPA in the other college divisions were Western Carolina University (NCAA DI - 3.673), Newbury College (NCAA DIII - 3.675), Siena Heights University (NAIA - 3.780) and College of Southern Idaho (Junior College – 3.686). It marked the second straight year for Newberry and Siena Heights, while Southern Idaho returns to No. 1, a spot it held in 2014-15.
The complete list of Easton/NFCA All-Academic Teams, across seven divisions, can be found at NFCA.org.
NCAA Division I
- Western Carolina (3.673)
- Missouri State (4.648)
- Alabama (3.647)
- Middle Tennessee State (3.616)
- Sacred Heart (3.605)
- Saint Louis (3.594)
- Harvard (3.588)
- Troy (3.585)
- Western Kentucky (3.569)
- Kent State (3.568)