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Stars place seven eligible squads on NAIA Scholar-Team

July 30, 2015

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In recognition of student-athlete performances in the classroom, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently announced that 1,502 teams received Scholar-Team status during the 2014-15 academic year. Stephens College was well represented as all seven varsity teams eligible for award made the list.

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. All eligible varsity student-athletes contribute to the team’s cumulative GPA.

The softball program, coached by Tracy Dean, led all SC teams with a 3.61 grade-point average, followed by cross country (3.43), volleyball (3.39), golf (3.21), basketball (3.17), tennis (3.10) and soccer (3.03). Competitive dance (3.06), which is an emerging sport in the NAIA, is not eligible for the award until it has reached championship status.

“We are extremely proud of our Star athletics programs that were named NAIA Scholar-Teams,” Interim Athletics Director Ray Fron said. “These awards are a clear indication that our student-athletes put their best foot forward when it comes to academic achievement. We continue to recruit student-athletes who embody excellence in the classroom and on the field of play.”

Collectively, the Stephens athletics department posted an impressive grade-point average of 3.24 in 2014-15.

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