Jan. 10, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics ranks a program-best 40th in the Fall NCAA Division I Learfield Sports Director's Cup and is tied for 22nd nationally in the Capital One Cup Men's Fall Standings. For all of its success on the playing field, the student-athletes' success in the classroom was even better this past fall.
Coastal Carolina student-athletes posted a 3.028 grade point average (GPA) for the fall 2013 semester and saw its overall GPA rise from 3.053 to 3.108. Of the 434 student-athletes, 253 - or 58.3 percent - posted a GPA between 4.0 and 3.0, including 28 who earned President's List (4.0 GPA for the semester) and an additional 117 who earned Dean's List recognition. Further breakdown shows that 125 of the 175 women student-athletes (71.4 percent) posted a GPA between 4.0 and 3.0, while 128 of the 259 men (49.4 percent) accomplished the feat.
In fact, in the 2,435 courses CCU student-athletes took last semester, the group earned 869 A's - or 36 percent - and there were an additional 897 B's (290 those being a B+). Overall, a total of 72.5 percent of the grades earned by CCU student-athletes were either A's or a B's for the fall 2013 semester.
"We do not just pay lip service when using the term `student-athletes' at Coastal Carolina," said Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek. "We have a clearly defined mission where we want to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to reach their potential and achieve excellence on and off the playing fields while being responsible citizens. We are focused on developing `Champions for Life.'"
The women's tennis team, which saw seven of its eight student-athletes finish with a 4.0 GPA, led the way with a 3.903 average GPA for the semester and owns a department-best 3.705 cumulative GPA. For the men, the cross country team took top honors for the semester with a 3.348 GPA, while the men's tennis team currently owns the best cumulative GPA at 3.293. The lowest team cumulative GPA is still an impressive 2,881 by football, which had department-best 48 student-athletes earn a GPA between 4.0 and 3.0, including one on the President's List and 19 on the Dean's List.
Furthermore, 10 teams had more than 70 percent of their roster post GPA's between 4.0 and 3.0, including women's basketball (11 of 15); women's golf (8 of 11); lacrosse (27 of 31); softball (15 of 20); women's soccer (20 of 27); women's tennis (9 of 9); volleyball (12 of 17); men's cross country (7 of 9); men's golf (6 of 8); and men's tennis (8 of 10).
A total of 13 CCU sports programs turned in a GPA of at least 3.0 this past fall - each also owning a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
In addition, Coastal Carolina student-athletes have volunteered hundreds of hours of community service and made it possible for 50 Horry County children to have a Christmas - up from 31 children in 2012 and six in 2011.