CU Athlete Academic Success Rates often above DII Average
Athens, W.Va. – Concord University “Mountain Lion” student-athletes in baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country and track, golf, softball, and volleyball have had academic success rates higher than the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II (DII) national average, according to a report released to the organization. Three of the athletic programs offered by the university saw 100 percent academic success rates, with all student-athletes entering for the first time in 1999 successfully graduating from the University. Those programs were men’s cross country and track, women’s cross country and track, and volleyball. The DII averages in those athletic programs were 69 percent, 80 percent, and 77 percent respectively.
Concord University also outperformed many other schools within its athletic conference, the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), in many athletic programs. Of the other five WVIAC teams reporting, Concord University outperformed all of them in baseball and softball. The “Mountain Lion” student-athletes tied for the lead in the conference in men’s cross country and track, women’s cross country and track, and volleyball. Among the remaining sports, Concord was second in men’s basketball, football, golf, and women’s soccer within the conference.
“With more than 120 student-athletes achieving a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) [on a 4.0 scale] or better for the fall 2006 semester, no fewer than 13 earning a perfect 4.0 GPA, and an academic success rate that significantly exceeds the national average, our student-athletes proudly reflect the expectation of excellence that is Concord University,” said Greg Quick, athletic director and head football coach. “Our vision for each and every student-athlete is the opportunity to walk across the graduation stage to accept the Concord diploma that signifies all the preparation necessary to be a success bolstered by an athletic experience that has developed the self-esteem and confidence necessary to put that preparation into action. We are but a small piece of the mosaic that is Concord University, but we are driven to reflect well on the greater mission of the institution,” he said.
For more information on Concord University “Mountain Lion” athletics, visit the website at http://www.cumountainlions.com/
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Jesse Call, a senior majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.