BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2011-12 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards. King College was among 118 institutions across 23 conferences and independents that placed athletes on the list, finishing with 72 student-athletes earning the award. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.
Of King’s 72 student-athletes named to the D2ADA Academic Achievement Award List, Lady Tornado Track & Field and Basketball led with seven people per team named to the list. All of King’s 19 NCAA varsity sports were represented on the list. A complete list of all the student-athletes honored is featured below.
The D2ADA Academic Achievements collected add to an extensive list of academic accolades collected by King athletic teams over the 2011-12 school year. Those awards include housing 77 conference All-Academic honorees, five Conference Carolinas Student-Athletes of the Year, and one Capital One Academic All-American. In July, King Women’s Basketball was announced to have the second-highest team grade point average in Division II while possessing the third highest team GPA across all collegiate divisions while Women’s Volleyball was recently presented an AVCA Team Academic award.
A record number of institutions (118) and student-athletes (4,492) are being recognized for the 2011-12 Academic Achievement Awards. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Association had 557 student-athletes honored, a record-high for the program, followed by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with 400 student-athletes being recognized and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 398 student-athletes being acknowledged with this award.
"The D2ADA would like to thank and congratulate the institutions that took part in honoring the record-number of 4,492 student-athletes with 2011-12 Academic Achievement Awards," stated D2ADA President Anita Barker, director of athletics at Chico State University. "Recognizing and honoring deserving Division II student-athletes is a strategic goal of the D2ADA. This award gives us the platform to showcase these individuals and their efforts in the classroom, as well as on the playing field."
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 D2ADA and student-athletes must meet the following criteria:
- 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 D2ADA: The D2ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the D2ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com. The D2ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.