199 Pirates Named BIG EAST Academic All-Stars
July 30, 2015
NEW YORK - The BIG EAST Conference announced on Thursday that 199 Seton Hall student-athletes have been named BIG EAST Academic All-Stars. The figure reflects over 80 percent of the Seton Hall student-athlete population from 2014-15.
To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, earned a varsity letter, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.
The announcement caps off another landmark academic year for Seton Hall Athletics that saw the combined student-athlete cumulative grade-point average climb to a record high of 3.346 while a number of the Pirates' varsity programs and student-athletes were honored for their academic success.
All seven members of the two-time BIG EAST champion women's golf team were recognized, headlining a total of 12 Seton Hall programs saw at least 65 percent of their student-athletes make the grade. The baseball (27), women's swimming & diving (23), men's soccer (22), women's soccer (21), softball (19), women's cross country (14), volleyball (12), men's golf (7) and women's tennis (7) squads all landed more than 80 percent of their team members on the Academic All-Star list as well.
The men's cross country and men's swimming & diving teams totaled 14 and 13 honorees respectively to round out the group while eight members of the BIG EAST regular season champion women's basketball team earned the award; a 60 percent increase for the program from a year ago.
Five members of the men's basketball team were honored as well, representing the highest total for the program since 2010-11.
Of the 199 Seton Hall Academic All-Stars for 2014-15, 48 are now two-time recipients of the honor while 36 have collected the award three times. In total, 32 members of the Class of 2015 graduated as four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Stars - a figure that reflects over 55 percent of the student-athletes participated in May's commencement ceremonies.
Thursday's announcement is the latest in a stretch that has seen The Hall cement itself as one of the league's foremost academic performers. Four of the 14 eligible Pirates were selected as BIG EAST Sport Excellence Award winners with seniors Ali Kruse (women's golf), Shelbey Manthorpe (volleyball), Ben Mitchell (men's swimming & diving) and Ka-Deidre Simmons (women's basketball) garnering the prestigious accolades.
An Honorable Mention All-America performer on the court, Manthorpe was also named the BIG EAST Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and took home the BIG EAST Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award.
On a national level, six Seton Hall programs - baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's tennis - received NCAA APR Public Recognition awards earlier this summer for logging multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports across the NCAA.