The University of North Georgia's (UNG) student-athletes continue to be recognized for success in the classroom and on the playing field, with two teams participating in NCAA Division II post-season play this semester.
"I am so proud of our student-athletes, who continue to exhibit leadership in athletics, academics and philanthropy," UNG President Bonita Jacobs said. "Their success is also a testament to the leadership of Athletic Director Lindsay Reeves, her support staff and the coaches who are so dedicated to our students and this university."
Overall, UNG's student-athletes are doing slightly better academically than UNG's student body as a whole. For spring semester, the average GPA for student-athletes was 3.07, compared to 2.81 for the entire undergraduate student body. Graduation success reports for cohorts beginning college in 2004-2007, the most recent available, show graduation rates for UNG's student athletes consistently rank above the national average.
In competition, UNG's nationally ranked softball team continued its history of excellence, hosting two playoff rounds as the top-seeded team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). In the super regional, UNG fell in three close games to Armstrong Atlantic State University. Seven members of the team were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.
Dominant pitching duo Victoria Sink and Courtney Poole collected enough accolades to fill a trophy case this semester. Both players were named to Daktronics' 2014 Softball All-American list; Sink was selected for the third team while Poole earned honorable mention. Additionally, Sink was named Daktronics' Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year and PBC Pitcher of the Year. Both Sink and Poole also were chosen for the PBC All-Conference Team, PBC All-Tournament Team, Daktronics All-Region Team, and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Team.
Two of their teammates, Kim McMillian and Megan May, also earned a bevy of honors, including selection to the NFCA All-Region Team. McMillian also was named to the Daktronics Southeast All-Region team and the PBC All-Conference Team. May, who has a 3.86 GPA, and teammate Katie Garrett, who has a 3.70, were named to the PBC's Softball All-Academic Team; Kaitlyn Seabolt earned honorable mention.
Two other UNG student athletes also earned PBC recognition for their academics – UNG basketball player Travis Core, who carries a 3.89 GPA, and women's golf team captain Casey Truelove, who has a 3.61 GPA. Core received a PBC Elite 15 Academic Award, which honors student-athletes from all of the winter and spring sports in the conference. Truelove, whose team was recognized by the PBC for sportsmanship, was named to the conference's Women's Golf All-Academic List and is a three-time member of the PBC Presidential Honor Roll.
The men's tennis team, another UNG team honored by the conference for sportsmanship this semester, participated in the post-season tournament for the second time in three years. UNG lost in the first round to the University of South Carolina Aiken, but Mateus Camasmie was a second-team PBC All-Conference selection. Also, Tom Rees was named the southeast region assistant coach of the year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
In baseball, UNG junior catcher Eason Spivey was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as a member of the Southeast Region Rawlings Gold Glove team, an award that recognizes the best defensive players at each position.