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The University of Hartford clinched its third-straight America East Academic Cup in 2013–14, as our student-athletes posted the highest grade point average of any school in the 19-year history of the award. Compiling a 3.28 GPA in 2013–14, the Hawks brought home their fourth Academic Cup all-time.
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 in the conference during that academic year. The awarding of the 2013–14 Academic Cup to the University of Hartford was announced by the America East conference on Wednesday afternoon.
“Congratulations to the University of Hartford, most notably its student-athletes, on once again breaking the Academic Cup record,” said America East 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.”
"This is college athletics at its very best—talented student-athletes succeeding in the classroom and on the courts and fields," said University of Hartford President Walter Harrison. "This success takes hard work, discipline, strong academic support, and coaches and athletic administrators with the right perspective on sports and lifelong success. I am so proud of our students' success and what it took to win this cup."
All nine of the America East institutions and 109 of the 141 teams compiled grade-point averages over 3.0 in 2013–14. In addition, the league’s 3,400-plus student-athletes earned a 3.12 average during the 2013–14 season, the highest single-year mark in league history, breaking the record of 3.09 set a year ago. In all, America East student-athletes have averaged better than a 3.0 GPA for nine straight years.
Fifteen of Hartford’s 16 athletic programs (men's and women's golf are not members of the America East) earned a 3.00 GPA or higher over the last year and a league-high 10 teams recorded the highest GPA of their America East peers. The Hawks’ baseball (3.15), men’s cross country (3.59), men’s lacrosse (3.12), men’s soccer (3.37), softball (3.47), men’s tennis (3.49), women’s tennis (3.30), men’s indoor track & field (3.36), men’s outdoor track & field (3.36), and volleyball (3.59) programs all led the conference in each respective sport for team GPA.
The Hawks surpassed their 2012–13 America East record GPA by four one-hundredths, setting a new mark for the league. The 3.28 GPA in 2013–14 is eight points higher than the next highest mark, which belonged to the New Hampshire Wildcats with a GPA of 3.20. University of Maine finished third (3.16 GPA), followed by University of Vermont (3.15), Binghamton University (3.14), Stony Brook University (3.08), UMBC (3.07), University at Albany (3.03) and UMass Lowell (3.01).
The Hawks set a record in the classroom in the Spring 2014 semester, posting a combined 3.30 GPA, edging the previous school mark of 3.27 set during the Fall 2013 semester. This past spring, Hartford boasted 262 student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or better, with 159 of those student-athletes notching at least a 3.5 and 28 out of 351 student-athletes earning a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester.
Hartford, which has posted a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the last 17 semesters, saw an average of 75 percent of its student-athletes record a 3.0 in one or both semesters last year. All 18 Hartford sports finished with a 3.0 GPA or better in the Spring 2014 semester with the women’s volleyball program leading all Hartford teams with a 3.57 GPA.
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 comprising student-athletes who 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 are selected as the America East Scholar-Athletes 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.