CLEVELAND, OH - Florida Southern College had 105 student-athletes named as D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award recipients, the D2 Athletic Directors Association announced on Thursday. In total, 10,190 student-athletes from 164 institutions were recognized for the 2017-18 Academic Achievement Awards. This year, we have the most student-athletes being honored from the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10), with 1,122 student-athletes. Following the NE10, was last year's front-runner, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 931 honorees, followed by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) with 746 selections. The Sunshine State Conference was sixth among all Division II conferences with 567 selections.
"As an Officer for the D2 ADA Board, it has pleased me to see the number of student-athletes recognized for their academic achievements continue to increase," said current D2 ADA President Jim Johnson, director of athletics at Pittsburg State University. "This program is a point of pride for our current D2 ADA member institutions and a great way for their student-athletes' achievements to be recognized nationally. On behalf of the D2 ADA, we congratulate and celebrate these academic distinctions and are proud of your accomplishments."
Individually, Conference Carolinas' Limestone College led the pack with 189 honorees, followed by the SSC's Rollins College with 179 award winners. Rounding out the top three finishers among institutions is the University of Findlay out of the GMAC with 161 recipients.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues-paying member of the D2 ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must:
- have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college-level work
- have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year
About D2 ADA: The D2 ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and the establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the D2 ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com. The D2 ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 54th year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
Click HERE for a complete list of FSC's Academic Achievement Award recipients.