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Sun Belt announces 2014-15 academic awards

July 21, 2015

2014-15 Commissioner's List | 2014-15 Academic Honor Roll

Michael Eldridge | @DFWSportsMike

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Sun Belt honored 86 UT Arlington student-athletes for their academic success during the 2014-15 school year.

Thirty-eight student athletes were named to the Sun Belt Commissioner's list for having a 3.50 GPA or higher, while 48 were named to the Academic Honor Roll for having a GPA between 3.00 and 3.49.

"We all recognize that being a student-athlete at UTA says a lot about the person," said Debbie Garcia, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academics, Compliance and Student Welfare. "It is a difficult school, the degree matters, and it has value. Our coaches and our staff are getting behind the student-athletes and showing that they are here not only to be an athlete, but to make effort that they can in the classroom and represent us well and go into the workforce and be successful adults."

The Mavericks posted a 3.055 cumulative GPA during the 2014-15 academic year, the second consecutive year that UTA has been above a 3.00 amongst all 14 Division I sports. 

Women's tennis led the way overall with a 3.537 GPA, while women's basketball was second with a 3.177.

"One of the first things that has to be noticed is that leadership matters," Garcia said. "If a coach steps out in front and says that their team is going to be successful in the classroom and there is going to be a commitment in the classroom, it goes across the board."

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