Student-athletes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott are proving successful both in the classroom and on the field.
The men’s and women’s soccer teams, men’s and women’s golf teams, men’s and women’s cross-country teams and volleyball team were all recognized by the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as Scholar-Teams for the 2013-2014 season. To be considered for the award, a team must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
“It shows that we are recruiting the right student-athletes. It also shows that we have focused athletes who understand the relevance of an education here at Embry-Riddle,” said Ted Blake, Prescott Director of Athletics.In addition to the team achievements, 15 student-athletes were honored as NAIA Scholar-Athletes for carrying a 3.5 or higher GPA.
Blake also praised the work of first-year cross-country coach Chris Bray and women’s soccer coach Todd Poitras, whose teams finished as runners-up in the conference. The Eagles wrestling team finished the season ranked 10th nationally.
Additionally, Embry-Riddle Athletics earned three Cal Pac Championships in men’s and women’s golf and men’s soccer. Golf coaches Kim and Mike Haddow were named co-coaches of the year. Eagles Athletics also produced five all-Americans.
“I could not be more proud of our amazing coaches and scholar-athletes. They show all of us that college athletes can have it all – outstanding academic achievement and amazing athletic success,” said Prescott Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers. “They are, in the words of the NAIA and the Cal Pac Athletic Conference, truly champions of character.”
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