July 10, 2012
CONWAY - For the 11th consecutive season, the Coastal Carolina men's tennis program has been recognized as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team and Danny Heidecker, Yusuke Kusuda, Leo Christofides and Sam Barr have been named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).
"I am really pleased that our young team was able to carry the academic torch passed on from previous squads," said 11th-year head coach Chris Powers. "This is a special award reserved for those who take the student-athlete title very seriously. I was pleased with a second place Big South Conference finish, but I am even happier that we were able to continue to build the program while maintaining the academic standard put in place many years ago."
Coastal Carolina's men's tennis team owns a cumulative GPA of 3.249, which tops the Chanticleer men's sports programs.
Heidecker owns a 3.670 cumulative GPA in sociology, Kesuda has a 3.798 cumulative GPA in finance, Christofides has posted a 3.46 cumulative GPA in finance and Barr possesses a 3.90 cumulative GPA finance. In addition, Heidecker was named to the Big South All-Academic Team, while Kusuda is a two-time singles All-Big South selection.
Under coach Powers, a total of 47 IT Scholar-Athlete honors have been bestowed upon his players, including Kesuda making the academic squad for the second consecutive season.
The Chanticleer men's tennis program posted a 14-6 record in 2012, while going 5-2 in the Big South. The second place, regular-season conference finish was the program's best since 1996.