For the 16th consecutive semester, Sacred Heart University’s student-athletes combined for a semester grade point average that exceeded 3.0. The 811 Pioneers in the athletic department posted a 3.33 cumulative average GPA in the fall, 2016 semester.
“A hearty congratulations to our student-athletes, our coaches and the faculty of Sacred Heart University on the continued academic success of our Pioneers,” said Bobby Valentine, executive director of athletics. “These accomplishments are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, and the support of the University community as a whole. I am humbled to lead this talented group of young men and women.”
Leading the way were 38 undergraduate student-athletes and three graduate student-athletes with perfect 4.0 semester GPAs. In addition, 287 other Pioneer student-athletes, or 35 percent, earned dean’s list recognition with a 3.6 semester GPA. Female athletes combined for an average 3.4 GPA, while male teams posted a cumulative 3.23 GPA average, with 80 percent of student-athletes surpassing 3.0 for the fall semester.
The women’s cross country team posted the highest team GPA during the fall semester, with the 32 Pioneers on that roster combining for a 3.64 GPA. On the men’s side, the ice hockey team posted an average 3.54 GPA among its 29 players.
All told, 18 teams combined for a 3.4 GPA average or better during the semester.
Pioneer student-athletes also completed 5,512.25 community service hours during the fall semester, nearly 5,000 of which are applicable to the NEC Building Communities Award. Sacred Heart has won this league honor for community service in five of the past six years.
The teams also collected a record 1,005 canned goods for the Interfaith Food Collection and participated in events such as Making Strides for Breast Cancer, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the mentoring program at Dunbar and Waltersville elementary schools.