2009-10 Academic Achievement
North Texas student-athletes continued their academic success in the classroom during the 2009-10school year.
North Texas volleyball player Brittani Youman was honored by the Sun Belt Conference as the 2010 winner of the league's Female Sporting Behavior Award. The Sun Belt gives its Sporting Behavior Award to the athlete who most typifies outstanding leadership and achievement in the classroom, on the field of play and in the community.
Youman has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council as a member and officer for the past two years. She has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of annual programs such as Rookie Roundup and National Student-Athlete Day, and she also was integral to the success of departmental collection drives for school supplies, canned food, WFAA Santa's Helpers and care packages for military members serving overseas.
The University of North Texas honored 222 student-athletes for their academic achievements during the 2009 spring and fall semesters at halftime of one of the basketball games.
Students with GPA's of 3.00-3.49 were placed on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, students with G.P.A's of 3.50-3.99 were on the Dean's List and students with a 4.00 G.P.A made the President's List. A student-athlete had to earn at least a G.P.A of 3.0 in one of the two semesters to make the honor roll.
The Mean Green swimming and diving team held the highest cumulative team G.P.A during the 2009 fall semester (3.18) with 31 student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 GPA. Ten swimmers posted a 4.0 in at least one of the two semesters.
The women's golf team followed with a team G.P.A. of 3.17 in the fall of 2009, while the soccer and softball teams tied for third with a 3.11 grade point average. Twenty-two members of the soccer team were recognized, including four student-athletes who posted a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. in either the fall or spring semesters. Nineteen members of the softball team made one of the three lists, including two freshmen who posted a 4.0 in their first semester at North Texas.
Collin Mangrum and Ciara Smith were named the Male and Female Varsity Athlete of the Year at this year's University of North Honors Day.
The North Texas swimming and diving team earned its third consecutive Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team for the 2009-10 school year. The Mean Green recorded the third-highest GPA in the Sun Belt Conference and the fifth-highest in the state of Texas with a mark of 3.2. Overall, UNT placed 91st out of the 127 teams honored in Division I.
Women's golf student-athletes Jordan Rose and Kelsey Kipp were honored by the National Golf Coaches Association by being named to the 2009-10 All-American Scholar Team. It's the fourth straight year that Rose has been named to the team and the second for Kipp. The Mean Green golf team posted the second-highest GPA out of all the sports teams at North Texas for the 2009-10 school year.
Softball student-athlete Mallory Cantler was named to the ESPN The Magazine Second Team All-District team for the second straight year. Cantler received her bachelor's degree in three years and will work towards her MBA as a senior.
North Texas held the fourth annual Mean Green Student-Athlete Scholars Banquet this past May. Forty-three student athletes, not including freshman, were invited to attend.
Each of the student-athletes fell into one of three categories based on their current grade point average- Platinum, Gold and Silver. Athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average for their team were given the Green Eagle Award.
The Mean Green swimming team led the way with 10 representatives, including Kelly Gordon, who posted a 4.0 GPA.
Women's golfer Jordan Rose received the Gayle and Virgil Strange Award, which honors the senior with the highest grade point average among all teams.