FREELAND, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced the 2018-19 MIAA Academic Honor Roll and Team Grade-Point Average Award, with Adrian College setting a school record with 150 academic all-conference student-athletes and eight Bulldog teams recognized. The total of 1,357 student-athletes from the conference's nine member institutions recognized shatters the previous best of 1,284 from the 2017-18 academic year, and marks the fourth consecutive year the total of honorees surpassed 1,200 student-athletes.
The criteria for the MIAA Academic Honor Roll is that student-athletes must reach a 3.5 GPA for the academic year and earn a varsity letter in an MIAA-sponsored sport. The MIAA Team GPA Award is presented to conference athletic teams that achieve a 3.300 or better GPA for an academic year. Grade-point averages are calculated at the end of the academic year.
Seven of nine member institutions had an increase in the total of honored student-athletes from the academic year previous, led by Alma's 24.1 percent leap with 137 student-athletes honored while Adrian was second at 14.7 percent, or a school-record 150.
A record 170 MIAA student-athletes posted a 4.0 grade-point average during the 2018-19 academic year.
Along with academic success, MIAA student-athletes showed their strength in competition as 238 were multi-sport letterwinners, and 98 earned a varsity letter in three sports in 2018-19.
Eight Bulldog sports earned conference team GPA recognition (with combined GPA and head coach) including Women's Soccer (3.750, Ali Alamdari), Women's Volleyball (3.670, David Kwan), Women's Basketball (3.590, Kathy Morris), Men's Cross Country (3.460, Brian Thill), Women's Lacrosse (3.440, Brett Asher), Women's Tennis (3.410, Rick Halverson/Kevin Hernandez), Softball (3.380, Ashley Marinacci) and Women's Cross Country (3.320, Brian Thill).
Of the 91 programs honored, 18 surpassed a 3.600 team GPA for the 2018-19 academic year, with five reaching the 3.700 plateau. Teams surpassing 3.700 in 2018-19 were Hope volleyball, Trine women's cross country, Adrian women's soccer, Trine women's tennis, and Trine's women's soccer. Adrian women's soccer, the 2018 MIAA Tournament champions, was above 3.700 for the second consecutive year.
Fourteen of the 23 teams that won an MIAA Championship also earned Team GPA Award honors. Seven MIAA Tournament champions were Team GPA Award honorees. Nineteen of the MIAA's 23 sponsored sports had at least one team named at Team GPA honoree.
The MIAA has presented the Team GPA Award each year since the 1998-99 academic year.
Academic Honor Roll breakdown
Adrian - 150
Albion - 170
Alma - 137
Calvin - 187
Hope - 234
Kalamazoo - 135
Olivet - 116
Saint Mary's - 56
Trine - 172