Reinhardt College volleyball team (top), women's tennis team (middle) and women's soccer team (bottom) recently received national recognition as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its NAIA scholar teams for 2008-09. To be honored as a scholar team, a squad must have at least a 3.0 combined grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
Three Reinhardt Athletic Teams Among Top Academic Performers in Nation
WALESKA, Ga. -- Three Reinhardt College athletic teams recently received national recognition as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its NAIA scholar teams for 2008-09. Reinhardt's women's soccer, volleyball and women's tennis teams all earned the distinction. To be honored as a scholar team, a squad must have at least a 3.0 combined grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
"I am very proud of the academic success our programs have continued to develop," Reinhardt athletic director Bill Popp said. "These three teams have distinguished themselves not only here at Reinhardt, but also nationally among hundreds of other programs. These honors show that we have been able to produce not only great athletic teams, but also academically-sound programs."
Reinhardt's women's soccer squad, with head coach Andy Kaplan at the helm, was honored as an NAIA scholar team for the third straight year after putting together a 3.29 GPA. The Lady Eagles ranked 28th of the 73 programs that earned the recognition with 223 NAIA schools offering women's soccer as an intercollegiate sport last season.
In volleyball, head coach Angela Monds' squad received NAIA scholar-team status for the second consecutive year. The Lady Eagles posted a 3.40 GPA, finishing 40th in the nation among 92 schools that qualified for scholar-team status. A total of 249 NAIA institutions supported volleyball last year.
The women's tennis players, under head coach Jennifer Sackman, combined for a 3.43 GPA, ranking 26th among the 53 NAIA scholar teams in that sport. Last year, the NAIA had 123 schools sponsor women's tennis.
Within the 12-member Southern States Athletic Conference, which the College competed in during the 2008-09 campaign, only two schools had more programs on the list of NAIA scholar teams than Reinhardt. Within the Appalachian Athletic Conference, which Reinhardt will begin play in during the 2009-10 season, again just two institutions produced more scholar teams.