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HU claims 15 NAIA Scholar Teams

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 1,658 athletic programs have earned the distinction of Scholar-Teams for the 2016-17 academic year. Of the 15 Huntington University teams eligible to be nominated, all 15 teams received 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
 Women's Tennis  3.56  Roger Ferguson
 Women's Basketball  3.53  Lori Culler
 Women's Soccer  3.47  Amanda Burge
 Women's Track & Field  3.47  Joel Childs
 Men's Basketball  3.42  Ty Platt
 Softball  3.41  Doug Gower
 Women's Cross Country  3.40  Fred Miller
 Men's Soccer  3.38  Russ Lawson
 Men's Tennis  3.34  Kreg Eckert
 Men's Cross Country  3.31  Fred Miller
 Men's Golf  3.28  Rick Sholund
 Baseball  3.21  Mike Frame
 Volleyball  3.21  Kyle Shondell
 Women's Golf  3.20  Pete Schownir
 Men's Track & Field  3.17  Joel Childs


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 274 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.