NEW ORLEANS, La. -- A total of 122 UTA student-athletes were recognized recently by the Sun Belt Conference as members of the league's Commissioner's List and Academic Honor Roll.
The Commissioner's List honors student-athletes who maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average during the 2016-17 academic year, while the Academic Honor Roll honors those student-athletes who maintained a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49.
"Certainly, we are proud of the achievements of our student-athletes in competition," said UTA director of athletics Jim Baker. "But, our commitment to academic success, earning a UTA degree and being fully prepared for the next phase of life is a top priority for our athletics program.
"The 2016-17 season was extremely successful for UTA athletics. We finished just four points away from winning the Bubas Cup, earned our second-straight SAAC Community Service Champion award and, now, have seen more than half of our student-athletes earn Sun Belt academic honors with a 3.0 or better grade point average. We are very proud of where our athletic program stands and where we are headed in the future."
The UTA softball and women's cross country/track and field teams placed the most student-athletes on the Commissioner's List with 11 each, while the baseball team led Maverick sports teams with 12 listed on the Academic Honor Roll. The women's cross country/track team led the way with 22 student-athletes recognized on the two lists with the baseball team close behind with 21.
As a department, UTA's 220 student-athletes concluded the spring semester with a 3.1 cumulative grade point average, marking the fourth-straight year over a 3.0.
Overall, more than 2,100 Sun Belt member student-athletes earned recognition on the Commissioner's List and Academic Honor Roll. The list included a total of 1,087 student-athletes on the Commissioner's List and 1,044 student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll.
About the Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference continues to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with in competition. The 2016-17 athletic season showed that the Sun Belt Conference takes a back seat to no other league in its competitive balance and in proving itself deserving of its status as a member of the NCAA's highest conference tier.
During the recent 2016-17 academic year, Sun Belt member institutions awarded over $50 million in scholarships to more than 3,100 student-athletes, while also providing life experiences such as team building, domestic and foreign travel, community service, mentoring and recognition through honors and awards.
For more information on the Sun Belt Conference, visit www.sunbeltsports.org.
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