Dolphins Celebrate Spring Semester Academic Success

Dolphins Celebrate Spring Semester Academic Success

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With seven championships for 2014-15 academic year, Jacksonville University Athletics has certainly seen its share of success in the field of competition. The success has translated into the classroom as well with the Dolphins more than 400 student-athletes combining to post a 3.14 Grade Point Average for the spring 2015 semester.

The successful spring pushed the departmental GPA for the academic year to 3.06.  

“The athletic department is unbelievably proud of how our student-athletes performed in the classroom during the 2014-2015 academic year,” said Alex Ricker-Gilbert, Associate Athletic Director of Compliance and Student-Athlete Services. “The improvement from fall to spring was astonishing. A spring departmental average GPA of a 3.14 is a testament to their work ethic.”

An impressive 15 of the 19 NCAA Division I team posted GPAs above 3.0 for the semester with 13 having at least a 3.3 GPA. Women’s golf led the way with a 3.69 GPA while volleyball posted a 3.61. A total of 15 teams had a improved their GPA from the fall to the spring led by football which had a .28 increase placing them just ahead of men’s soccer and volleyball.

“The department has made high academic achievement by our student-athletes an unmatched priority,” added Ricker-Gilbert. “There is no doubt that the success will continue in 2015-2016 and beyond.”

During the course of the year the Dolphins had three Atlantic Sun Scholar-Athlete of the year recipients for their respective sports; Jessica Welch (women’s golf) and Stormm Phillips (indoor and outdoor track & field). The pair made up the 23 Jacksonville individuals voted as members of their sports A-Sun Academic All-Conference Teams which recognizes student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or better and participated in at least half of their team’s games.

In addition Sammie Strausbauh (volleyball) and Kree Clark (track & field) were voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams for their respective sports. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.