Coastal Carolina Athletics Celebrates Academic Success

29 Graduate, 24 Post 4.0's and 100 Earn Dean's List


Amy Haggard and Julia Baldwin of the women's soccer team. Baldwin graduated wmagna cum laude with a 3.913 GPA in exercise and sport science.

December 2011 Graduation Photo Gallery

Jan. 18, 2012

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics puts a strong emphasis on developing student-athletes into "Champions for Life." That mission is being embraced by the Chanticleers as 29 received their degrees in December 2011, 24 posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester and an additional 100 received Dean's List recognition.

Among the 29 who received their degrees, five graduated with honors, including women's soccer defender Julia Baldwin (magna cum laude with a 3.913 career GPA in exercise and sport science); Jacob Downey (magna cum laude with a 3.827 GPA in accounting honors program) football offensive lineman Tim Franklin (cum laude with a 3.705 cumulative GPA in communication); baseball pitcher Keith Hessler (cum laude with a 3.767 GPA in recreation and sport management); and baseball first baseman Rich Witten (cum laude with a 3.613 GPA in exercise and sport science).

Witten joins Chris Gradnigo (men's basketball) as student-athletes who have graduated but are still competing in a Coastal Carolina uniform. Also, CCU graduate and All-American tight end David Duran is seeking a sixth year of eligibility after missing most of the 2011 season due to injury.

The football team led the way with 11 current and former student-athletes receiving their degrees in December. The men's soccer program had four graduate including CCU's all-time leader in shutouts Scott Angevine and MLS Super Draft pick Cyprian Hedrick.

The women's tennis team had five of its eight players post a GPA of 3.625 or better, including four - Miki Bunea, Dominique De Wit, Mikaela Kristofersson and Diana Mortlock - who had perfect 4.0 GPA's for the semester.

Other academic highlights include senior catcher Tucker Frawley (baseball) earning a 4.0 for the seventh time and having a 3.906 GPA in physics for his career. Football Academic All-America Marcus Lott, who needs to complete a semester's internship to graduate in the spring, carries a 3.889 GPA in middle grades education.

Volleyball junior Samantha Palka posted a 4.0 in the fall and owns a 3.961 career GPA in biology. Starting women's basketball senior Taylor Epley owns a 3.813 GPA in biology, while fellow senior Kira Carter has a 3.719 cumulative GPA in marketing.

In addition to Baldwin's success in the classroom, teammate junior Anna Lowe, who began her career at Air Force, carries a 3.963 cumulative GPA in marine science, while Jessie Benchley currently has a 3.883 career GPA in exercise and sport science. Like Lowe, women's tennis senior Diana Mortlock began her career elsewhere - at North Carolina State - and has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her career.

2011 Fall Student-Athlete Graduates (29)

Keith Hessler (cum laude), Recreation and Sport Management
Rich Witten (cum laude), Exercise and Sport Science

Men's Basketball
Chris Gradnigo, Interdisciplinary Studies

Women's Basketball
Lauren Grochowski, Physical Education

Brooks Barbaree, History
Jamie Childers, Finance
Ben Collins, Biology
Dushawn Davis, History
David Duran, Recreation and Sport Management
Tim Franklin (cum laude), Communication
Corey Hawkins, Business Administration
Dexter Holman, Business Administration
Eric O'Neal, Recreation and Sport Management
Jamie Perkinson, Biology
Desmond Steward, Communication

Men's Golf
Tripp McAllister, Exercise and Sport Management
Drew Ernst, Management

Men's Soccer
Scott Angevine, Political Science
Richard Cayonne, Business Administration
Jacob Downey, (magna cum laude), Accounting
Cyprian Hedrick, Marketing

Women's Soccer
Julia Baldwin (magna cum laude), Exercise and Sport Science
Amy Haggard, Recreation and Sport Management

Men's Tennis
Peter Billingham, Political Science
Matt Gordon, Marketing

Women's Tennis
Lexi Bolesky, Recreation and Sport Management

Men's Track & Field/Cross Country
Rob Delviscio, Biology
Jacques Watson, Health Promotion

Women's Track & Field/Cross Country
Brittany Connor, Exercise and Sport Science

2011 Fall Semester President's List (24) and Dean's List (100)
President's List: 4.0 GPA for the semester
Dean's List: 3.5 GPA for the semester (So., Jr. and Sr.) - 3.25 GPA for the semester (Fr.)

President's List
Devin Bradley
Justin Creel
Tucker Frawley
Dean's List
Daniel Bowman
Patrick Corbett
Adam Eggnatz
Jacob May
Woody Nisbet
Tyler Poole (also plays men's basketball)
Javier Reynoso
Nick Sergakis
Caleb Smith
Chris Suseck

Men's Basketball
President's List
Jon Pack
Dean's List
Tyler Poole (also plays baseball)

Women's Basketball
President's List
Shanika Maddox
Dean's List
Kira Carter
Taylor Epley
Courtney Grambley
Jena Hamrick
Olivia Irick
AJ Jordan
Savanah Pippin
Alexx Puckett

Dean's List
Lauren Barger
Shannon Brahn
Caitlin Carroll
Kelsey Peterson
Alex Quill
Katie Reddington
Lexxie Richards
Ashleyanne Thomas
Ariel Wiest

President's List
Niccolo Mastromatteo
Tyler McCarthy
Dean's List
Quinn Backus
Cody Craig
David Duran
Tim Franklin
Derrick Frasier
Logan Hall
Frankie Hall
Brian Harrison
Kevin Hart
Calvin Hollenhorst
B.J. Jenkins
Marcus Lott
John Masley
Thomas Pauciello
Michael Quick
Alex Ross
Jeffery Salley
Devin Southerland
Craig Weick
Marcus Whitener

Men's Golf
Dean's List
Easton Renwick
Kevin Vanden Heuvel
Ty Wengel

Women's Golf
Dean's List
Jessica Alexander
Courtney Boe
Frida Castillo
Eugenia Guerra
Brittany Henderson

Men's Soccer
Dean's List
Noah Anthony
Jacob Downey
Sean McCormick
Leo Mukofsky
Henrik Robstad

Women's Soccer
President's List
Julia Baldwin
Jessie Benchley
Maddie Phillips
Morgan Thomas
Dean's List
Hannah Brown
Lanie Esch
Shelby Evans
Kaelin Ferreira
Gina Goryoka
Lexi Guches
Meghan Long
Anna Lowe
Sarah Russo
Megan Spencer
Chelsea Strange
Tori Strengari

President's List
Cacia Pierre
Tamara Hawkins
Dean's List
Ashley Bagwell
Kory Hayden
Beth Kassuhn
Paige Lloyd
Sarah Maples
Kelsey McNaughton
Kiana Quolas

Men's Tennis
President's List
Sam Barr
Leo Christofides
Dean's List
Danny Heidecker
Yusuke Kusuda

Women's Tennis
President's List
Miki Bunea
Dominique De Wit
Mikaela Kristofersson
Diana Mortlock
Dean's List
Maria Hesketh

Men's Track & Field/Cross Country
President's List
Kyle Kling
Dean's List
Tim Bryson
Tyler Cummings
Rob Delviscio
Jason Jensen
Joseph Keitt
Jake McKown
Evan Niciphor

Women's Track & Field/Cross Country
President's List
Brittany Connor
Emily Marchini
Dean's List
Seanna Kautz
Taylor Keen
Mary Lawrence
Shelby Nicosia
Jocelyn Starinshak
Stephanie Taylor
Symphony Thompson

President's List
Kelsie Mauck
Samantha Palka
Dean's List
Lauren Alejo
Lian Bernett
Meghan Laffin
Katie Martin



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