LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State athletics department announced Tuesday that the 59 student-athletes from football, cross county, soccer and volleyball make up the highest number of Academic All-WAC honorees of any other school in the conference for the second straight year.
“I’m especially proud that we were able to finish first the last two fall semesters with the most Academic All-WAC honorees,” NM State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston said. “This obviously shows consistency of effort from our student-athletes, coaches and academic support people, that we are performing at a very high level both competitively and in the classroom.”
"I'm extremely proud of our student-athletes academic success and it’s truly an honor and privilege to work with so many dedicated students-athletes who represent NM State with the utmost respect," Associate Athletics Director/Sport Administrator James Hall said.
The NM State football team landed 18 student-athletes on the list, followed by the soccer team with 15, women’s cross country with 13, men’s cross country with nine and the volleyball team with four.
“This is a testimony to our players and coaches that we take not only winning on the field seriously but we also take the work we do in the classroom seriously as well,” head football coach DeWayne Walker said. “Obviously our players are students first and we take a lot of pride in that.”
“I was really happy when I saw that we had 15 out of 26 players named Academic All-WAC, it is a great thing for our program,” head women’s soccer coach Blair Quinn said. “Last year we had 10 honorees and this year we had more than 50% of our team. We had five players with 4.0 GPAs this fall semester and our team GPA continues to rise each year. I’m extremely proud of our accomplishment in the classroom.”
“We are really proud of our Academic All-WAC honorees this year,” head volleyball coach Mike Jordan said. “They work really hard off and on the court and they represent our program and this University very well.”
“With both cross country and track and field we really stress the importance of academics, so when our athletes are recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom it is a proud moment for our program,” assistant track and field/cross country coach Chris Huff said.
At the end of the fall 2012 semester, 259 student-athletes, 63 percent of the total student-athlete population, achieved a semester GPA of 3.00 or higher while 260 student-athletes, 64 percent of the total student-athlete population, maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Among the scholar student-athletes, 55 posted a perfect 4.00 GPA for the semester while 22 maintained a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA.
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