A Banner Year For Chanticleer Athletics: 2012-13 Year In Review


July 18, 2013

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CONWAY - The 2012-13 season was record-setting for the Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics. The nearly 425 student-athletes experienced tremendous success on the playing fields, in the classroom and in the community.

Below is an overview of the Chanticleers' 2012-13 season. See attached 2012-13 Athletics Year in Review for additional and more detailed information.

• 256 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or better GPA during the fall semester
• 244 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or better GPA during the spring semester
• 65 student-athletes graduated this year
• 20 student-athletes achieved President's List recognition with a perfect 4.0 GPA
• Chanticleer student-athletes finished the 2012-13 academic year with a GPA of 3.02
Justin Creel (Baseball), Brittany Henderson (Women's Golf) and Lily Yednock (Women's Lacrosse) were named Big South Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year
• Creel was named a Big South Conference Christenberry Award Winner for academic achievement -- the 16th in Coastal Carolina history
• Creel and Henderson earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors
• Two student-athletes were named Wall Fellows: Dominque De Wit (Women's Tennis) and Meghan Laffin (Volleyball); 24 student-athletes have been inducted in the prestigious program since it was launched in 1995

• Coastal Carolina closed the year ranked 79th out of 346 Division I programs in the Learfield Director's Cup Standings
• 12 of 18 sports programs finished either in first or second in the Big South Conference
• 9 Big South Regular Season, Division or Tournament Championships Football, Men's Soccer, Women's Indoor Track and Field, Men's Tennis [regular season and tournament], Women's Golf, Men's Golf, Softball, Baseball [South Division]
• 6 NCAA postseason bids by teams and several by individuals in the sport of Track & Field
• 10 Big South Players of the Year
• 107 All-Big South Honorees
• Men's golf advanced to the NCAA Championship, placing 22nd in the 30-team field
• Women's Outdoor Track & Field 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams advanced to the NCAA Championship
• Men's Soccer program ranked in the top 10 nationally and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16
Ashton Bennett became the first Men's Soccer student-athlete in both Coastal and Big South history to be a two-time, first team All-American
• Football won its first ever playoff game in advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16
• Men's Basketball defeated Clemson by 23 points as we christened the first season in The HTC Center
• Erica Peake, was named second team All-American, finishing ninth in the country in the 200m at the NCAA Indoor Championships
• Women's Lacrosse officially began competition as the 18th sports program
• Both the men's and women's programs will finish either first or second in Big South Conference Sasser Cup Standings

Student-Athletes to date have contributed more than 2,500 hours of community service for projects including:
• Collected more than 7,200 lbs. of food during Chants for Kids Food Drive
• Adopted 31 children during the holiday season and provided a Christmas experience
• Men's and Women's Soccer and Baseball are regular volunteers with the Myrtle Beach Miracle League
• Track and Field, Women's Basketball and Softball are regular volunteers at Pee Dee Elementary School
• Student-athletes donated $2,000 in school supplies to Pee Dee Elementary School as part of the back-pack buddies initiative
• Student-Athlete Advisory Council donated $2,500 to Pee Dee Elementary School to assist in allowing underprivileged children to attend various field trips
• 93 student-athletes participated in the United Way Community Reading Program in March

• Officially opened The HTC Center in fall 2012 and played host to South Carolina (Volleyball), North Carolina (Women's Basketball) and Clemson (Men's Basketball)
• Hosted the first ever combined (Men and Women's) Big South Conference Basketball Championship event. Twenty-three teams, 21 games over six days with an estimated economic impact to the Grand Strand Community of $2.8 million
• Led the Big South Conference in Men's Basketball home attendance with a season average of 2,425 fans per game
• Completed year one of the 54-in-54 football game enhancement initiative that included the installation of new video board and sound system at Brooks Stadium
• Construction is under way for $10.2 million baseball and softball stadium complex, to be completed in spring 2014.
• Launched re-design of www.GoCCUSports.com
• Implemented new ticket solution and donor management systems
• Increased ticket and sponsorship revenue by nearly 25 percent over previous year



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