NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University has been awarded the 2018-19 Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the league office announced Wednesday.
The award is presented annually to the member institution with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes that earn a 3.25 grade-point average or higher for that academic year.
This past year, nearly 70 percent (69.68) of eligible Belmont student-athletes posted a 3.25 grade-point average or higher.
It marks the seventh straight crown for Belmont, who joined the OVC prior to the 2012-13 season.
Belmont University has now claimed a conference academic achievement award 16 of the last 18 academic years, including nine of its 11 years of membership in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
"This announcement caps off a historic year for Belmont Athletics, and serves as a catalyst for the year to come," Belmont University Director of Athletics Scott Corley said. "Our student-athletes continue to shine on the field of play, in the community and in the classroom. Their maturity, selflessness and level of achievement continue to amaze and inspire all of us within Belmont Athletics. Our coaches, administrators and academic support team share in this remarkable standard of academic excellence."
In addition to the Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the OVC also announced the recipients of 16 conference Team Academic Achievement Awards, which are presented annually in each conference-sponsored sport to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher.
Belmont took home a league-high four awards: baseball, women's basketball, men's cross country and volleyball.
Earlier this week, 11 Bruin student-athletes received the OVC Medal of Honor, emblematic of a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2018-19 academic year:
- Seth Adelsperger (Peru, Ind.) - men's basketball
- Conley Chinn (Jackson, Miss.) - women's basketball
- Kayla Monis (Naperville, Ill.) - women's soccer
- Morgan Pettit (Gainesville, Va.) - women's soccer
- Kameron Ziesig (Brentwood, Tenn.) - women's soccer
- Hayley Baker (Rockwall, Texas) - softball
- Erin Allen (Knoxville, Tenn.) - women's tennis
- Luke Evans (Columbus, Ohio) - men's track & field
- Caroline Daniel (Brentwood, Tenn.) - women's cross country and track & field
- Sierra Lax (Columbus, Ind.) - women's cross country and track & field
- Gabrielle Yatauro (Huntington Beach, Calif.) - women's cross country and track & field
Belmont University had 162 student-athletes in total named academic all-conference, including 10 student-athletes from men's soccer (honored as part of the SoCon Academic Honor Roll).
Two Belmont student-athletes earned Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-America® distinction – Dylan Windler and Hayley Baker; each for the second time.
Moreover, an OVC-best nine athletic teams (men's basketball, women's basketball, men's golf, women's golf, women's cross country, men's cross country, men's track & field, women's soccer and women's tennis) garnered 2019 Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll distinction. Belmont stands as one of only 40 universities to have received Public Recognition Awards each of the 14 years of the program.
Belmont stands in exclusive company as one of only 11 NCAA Division I institutions with at least nine athletic teams earning APR Public Recognition List honors, while also having at least 60 percent of its total sport offerings making the list. It is a veritable who's who of the most prestigious universities in the country:
- Holy Cross
- Notre Dame
- Saint Louis
For a complete listing of 2018-19 OVC Academic Awards, log onto ovcsports.com.