NAIA has often honored Geneva athletes for excellence in the classroom—and now the association is taking note of whole teams of scholar-athletes.
Three Geneva teams—softball and men’s and women’s track and field—were among the first class of NAIA programs to be nationally recognized as scholar-athlete teams this year. Each of Geneva’s 13 varsity sports had at least one student-athlete honored for his or her outstanding achievements in the classroom during the 2006-2007 school year, but this is the first time NAIA has honored whole teams for academic excellence.
Geneva’s softball team and its men’s track team each finished the season with a team cumulative GPA of 3.19. Meanwhile, the women’s track team topped out at 3.23 for the season.
“Our coaches do a tremendous job, across the board, in helping to maintain excellence in the classroom,” says athletic director Geno DeMarco. “This is a tribute to the outstanding student-athletes we have in our programs and the great job our coaches have done in helping our students reach goals on and off the field.”
Just over 400 athletic teams were recognized by the NAIA for academic excellence in the first year of the scholar-athlete team program. Geneva’s athletic teams are making the transition into NCAA Division III and the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year.