The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently recognized the Cleveland State Community College softball Lady Cougars as a 2011-12 Academic Team of the Year.
To be eligible for this honor, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Only 450 of more than 3,500 junior college teams in 28 sports, qualified for the distinguished award.
The Cleveland State softball team had a cumulative GPA of 3.05 for 2011-12 school year, qualifying them for this award.
“We stress, as a coaching staff, that education comes before athletics, student before athlete, and we express to our team that their academics and degree are what will help get them to the next successful step in life,” stated CSCC softball coach Katie Willingham.
“This group of young women has exceeded our expectations and I couldn’t be more thrilled as a coach. This national recognition was not a team goal of ours, but it shows how difficult it is as a student athlete to balance education and athletics. They have set the bar high for the years to come. I am extremely proud of them and their accomplishment.”
Members of the 2011-12 Lady Cougar team included: Meghan Allen, Amber Covington, Maura Ditto, Kenzie Fish, Sarah Goza, Casey Griffin, Shelby Hanson, Sydney Howell, Kenly Lambert, Heather Lynn, Paige Mayer, Ashlen Mitchell, Meghan Smith, Kerstyn Stansberry, Kelly Sullins, and Halen Weeks.
“I would like to congratulate the softball team on this tremendous honor,” stated CSCC Athletic Director Mike Policastro. “It is a tremendous honor to be named to this distinguished honor. We are proud of their accomplishments and their representation of Cleveland State.”