Academic Champions Again

Academic Champions Again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University has been awarded the 2015-16 Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the league office announced Friday.

The award is presented annually to the member institution with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes that earn a 3.25 grade-point average or higher for that academic year.

This past year, nearly 66 percent of eligible Belmont student-athletes posted a 3.25 grade-point average or higher.

It marks the fourth-straight crown for Belmont who joined the OVC prior to the 2012-13 season.

BU has now claimed a conference academic achievement award 13 of the last 15 academic years, including nine of its 11 years of membership in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

"Our student-athletes continue to amaze and inspire in every regard," Belmont University Director of Athletics Scott Corley said. "Belmont's track record of academic excellence is full credit to our coaches, academic support team, and most importantly, our student-athletes. We could not be prouder of what they have accomplished."

In addition to the Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the OVC also announced the recipients of 16 conference Team Academic Achievement Awards, which are presented annually in each conference-sponsored sport to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher.

Belmont claimed two awards with men's basketball and women's basketball receiving honors.

Nine Bruin student-athletes (Tyler Hadden, Kyle Smith, Ben Weisel, Jessica King, Abbie Gregory, Emily Proud, Ashley Johnson, Carolyn Snodgress, Suzanna Stapler) also received the OVC Medal of Honor presented by Army ROTC, emblematic of a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2015-16 academic year.

Notably, women's soccer was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for a second consecutive year by posting the highest team GPA among all NCAA Division I programs, sporting a 3.83 team mark for the latest accounting period.

Belmont University had 139 student-athletes in total named academic all-conference, including 10 student-athletes from men's soccer (honored as part of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll).

Additionally, numerous individuals and teams received awards during the 2015-16 campaign.  Two student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-America distinction – Craig Bradshaw and Evan Bradds from men's basketball.

Fourteen teams earned All-Academic honors from their respective sport governing bodies as well as six athletic teams (men's basketball, baseball, men's golf, softball, women's golf, and women's track & field) garnered 2016 Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll distinction.

For a complete listing of 2015-16 OVC Academic Awards, log onto ovcsports.com.

About Belmont University

Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a "Most Innovative" university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University celebrated its 125th anniversary in academic year 2015-16. Founded in 1890, the University consists of more than 7,400 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University's purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world's needs. With more than 80 areas of undergraduate study, 22 master's programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon.