Hartford Claims Second-Straight America East Academic Cup
The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during that academic year.
Eight of America East’s nine institutions and 105 of 149 teams compiled grade-point averages over 3.0 in 2012-13 with the league’s 3,400-plus student-athletes earning a 3.09 average during the 2012-13 season, the highest single-year mark in league history. In all, America East student-athletes have averaged better than a 3.0 GPA for eight straight years.
“Congratulations to the University of Hartford, most notably its student-athletes, on this historic achievement,” said Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “It is indicative of the hard work put in and the value placed on academics not only by Hartford, but by all nine of our institutions and student-athletes, who consistently excel academically year in and year out, which is a core pillar of this conference and what sets us apart from so many others.”
Right behind Hartford in the Academic Cup standings was University of New Hampshire in second place with a 3.18 GPA. Binghamton University and University of Vermont tied for third (3.12 GPA), followed by University of Maine (3.11), Stony Brook University (3.08), Boston University (3.07), University at Albany (3.01) and UMBC (2.92).
Fifteen of Hartford’s 16 athletic programs earned a 3.00 GPA or higher over the last year and a league-high nine teams recorded the highest GPA of their America East peers. The Hawks’ baseball (3.17), women’s basketball (3.34), men’s lacrosse (3.15), men’s soccer (3.30), women’s soccer (3.46), softball (3.47), men’s indoor track and field (3.28), men’s outdoor track and field (3.30) and volleyball (3.58) programs all led the conference in each respective sport for team GPA. The volleyball team’s mark was the highest of any America East squad.
Three squads that won America East titles also had the highest GPA in their respective sport. Albany won the men’s basketball and field hockey titles while posting GPAs of 3.24 and 3.41, respectively. Binghamton won the men’s tennis crown, while compiling a 3.45 GPA, the highest mark of any America East male team.
Other sport winners were: men’s cross country, Maine (3.34); women’s cross country, Maine and Vermont (3.51); women’s lacrosse, Binghamton (3.19); men’s swimming and diving, Binghamton and Boston U. (3.02), women’s swimming and diving, Boston U. (3.28); women’s tennis, Binghamton (3.54); women’s indoor track & field, Maine (3.41); and women’s outdoor track & field, Maine (3.40).
The overall institutional grade-point averages were calculated by dividing each student-athlete’s quality points by the total credits completed for grade.
Hartford also won the 2011-12 and 1996-97 Academic Cups, while Vermont, which has won a conference-best eight cups, won the award seven years in a row from 2004-05 through 2010-11 and also took home the award in its inaugural year (1995-96). New Hampshire won the Academic Cup in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and Binghamton garnered the cup in its first two years in the conference (2001-02, 2002-03). Maine, which shared the cup with Vermont in 2006-07, also won the honor in 2003-04.
America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Academic Cup, an All-Academic team comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conference’s 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisors and sports information directors. Additionally, a scholar-athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the conference recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status.