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Fourteen HU teams earn NAIA Scholar Team honors

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 1,590 athletic programs have been given the distinction of Scholar-Teams for the 2015-16 academic year. Of the 15 Huntington University teams eligible to be nominated, 14 teams earned this honor.

“Huntington University’s commitment to scholarship can be seen in the quality of its faculty, the rigorous coursework required of it students and the success of its graduates,” said HU athletic director Lori Culler. “As athletic director I’m very pleased to say that this commitment is also visible in the athletic arena. 

“I commend our coaching staff and our student-athletes for the tangible way they have displayed the value they place on scholarship.”

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

  Team   GPA   Coach
  Men's Cross Country   3.632   Tom King
  Women's Basketball   3.581   Lori Culler
  Women's Cross Country   3.525   Tom King
  Women's Tennis   3.448   Roger Ferguson
  Softball   3.431   Doug Gower
  Women's Soccer   3.382   Chris Tillett
  Women's Golf   3.356   Pete Schownir
  Women's Track & Field   3.354   Tom King
  Volleyball   3.303   Kyle Shondell
  Men's Tennis   3.266   Kreg Eckert
  Men's Soccer   3.229   Russ Lawson
  Baseball   3.179   Mike Frame
  Men's Basketball   3.154   Ty Platt
  Men's Track & Field   3.073   Tom King

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.