Vermont Captures Its Seventh-Straight 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 averages during that academic year. In all, six of America East’s nine institutions compiled grade-point averages over 3.0, while 66 percent of the league’s teams (98-of-149) had GPAs of 3.0 or better. Furthermore, the league’s nearly 3,400 student-athletes compiled a league-record 3.07 average during the 2010-11 season.
“These numbers continue to serve as proof that the young adults in the America East Conference are the epitome of what it is to be a student-athlete,” said America East Interim Commissioner Shonna Brown. “I’d like to commend the student-athletes, as well as their families, coaches and administrators on their hard work all year long.”
University of Hartford and University of New Hampshire came in second, each with a 3.13 mark. Boston University and University of Maine each finished with a 3.11 to tie for fourth, while Binghamton University (3.10) rounded out the institutions to compile grade-point averages of 3.0 or better in 2010-11.
Twelve of Vermont’s 14 teams earned GPAs of 3.0 or better this year, led by the women’s soccer squad’s 3.47 average. The Catamount women’s soccer, men’s basketball (3.30) and field hockey (3.34) programs all led the conference in each respective sport for team GPA. The men’s hoops team also won the America East regular-season title.
The America East Champion Binghamton men’s tennis team once again paced the league with a 3.62 team GPA, highest of any America East team this year. The Bearcats joined University of Hartford women’s basketball (3.47) as the only two squads to win America East Championships and earn the highest GPA in its respective sport.
Overall as a department, the Hawks posted a conference-best seven sport winners. In addition to the women’s basketball program, the baseball (3.11), men’s cross country (3.33), women’s tennis (3.52), men’s indoor (3.22) and outdoor track & field (3.23), and volleyball (3.45) programs also garnered that distinction.
Other sport winners were: women’s cross country, Maine (3.60); men’s lacrosse, Binghamton (3.08); women’s lacrosse, Binghamton (3.16); men’s soccer, Albany (3.10); softball, Binghamton (3.36); men’s swimming & diving, Boston U. (3.08); women’s swimming & diving, Boston U. (3.26); and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, New Hampshire (3.43).
The overall institutional grade-point averages were calculated by dividing each student-athlete’s quality points by the total credits completed for grade.
Vermont, which has won a conference-best eight Academic Cups, including the last seven, also took home the award in its inaugural year (1995-96), while Hartford was the winner in 1996-97. 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.