Belmont University Claims OVC Academic Award
Belmont University has been awarded the 2014-15 Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award. The award is presented annually to the member institution with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes that earn a 3.25 grade point average or higher for that academic year. It marks the third-straight crown for Belmont who joined the OVC prior to the 2012-13 season.BU has now claimed a conference academic achievement award 12 of the last 14 academic years, including 9 of its 11 years of membership in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
In addition to the Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the OVC also announced the recipients of 16 conference Team Academic Achievement Awards, which are presented annually to the team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher. Belmont claimed three awards with men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s soccer receiving honors.
Fourteen Bruin student-athletes also received the OVC Medal of Honor presented by Army ROTC, emblematic of a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.
Belmont University had 137 student-athletes in total named academic all-conference, including 10 student-athletes from men’s soccer (honored as part of the Horizon League Spring Academic Honor Roll).
Additionally, numerous individuals and teams received awards during the 2014-15 campaign. Most impressively, two student-athletes earned Academic All-America distinction – men’s basketball’s Craig Bradshaw and women’s soccer Ali Alcott – while the women’s soccer program boasted the top team GPA in all of NCAA Division I.
Fourteen teams earned All-Academic as well as six athletic teams (men’s basketball, men’s soccer, softball, women’s golf, women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field) garnered 2015 Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll distinction.