Newport Beach, Calif. – The Pacific West Conference announced that student-athletes have collected 1,600 PacWest Academic All-Conference Team Certificates in the most prolific academic achievement accomplishment since the league reorganized in 2006-07.
The annual PacWest Academic All-Conference Team was released on Monday, July 8, by the conference media relations office in Phoenix and featured student-athletes from each of its 14 institutions and all 15 of the league’s sports.
The PacWest Academic All-Conference Certificates were awarded to student-athletes compiling a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 – an increase of 633 from 2011-12 and 860 from 2010-11. Student-athletes who are eligible to practice or compete with their respective teams are eligible to receive the honor.
For the fourth straight year, women’s soccer posted the most recipients with 238 Academic All-Conference Team members – a jump of 65 over last season. Men’s soccer finished runner-up for the third consecutive year with 189 (an increase of 35), while baseball finished third with 152 – a leap of 65 student-athletes over last year and 99 from two years ago.
Every athletic program in the conference saw an increase, while volleyball climbed 42 members from 88 to 130 and softball totaled 140. Women’s cross country bumped its numbers from 74 to 109, while women’s track & field recorded 108 in its inaugural season.
The PacWest now will choose a Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each of its 15 sports. Institutions have been presented with an opportunity to nominate one student-athlete from each of its athletic programs.
The winners will be announced in later July with a PacWest Men’s and Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year selected from the top votegetters in each sport.
Holy Names University student-athletes earned 87 spots in the PacWest Academic All-Conference recognition. Director of Athletics, Dennis Jones stated, “This is an excellent window into the academic accomplishments of student-athletes, not only at HNU, but throughout the entire Pacific West Conference. We are proud of our student-athletes and realize that this will serve as a benchmark and motivation to have even more representation in the years to come. Go Hawks!”