The 2015-16 Academic Season
North Texas student-athletes continued their academic success in the classroom during the 2015-16 school year.
Conference USA Scholar Athletes of the Year
Three North Texas students were named Scholar Athlete of the Year honorees at the end of the 2015-16 season. The Mean Green's cross country's Bryce McAndrew, men's golf's Cory Churchman, and track & field's Connor Bey were among the 18 student-athletes who received the award. The three award winners ties for the most honorees at North Texas since joining the C-USA.
The C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards is presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service. North Texas had the second-highest number of student-athletes qualify with three behind Marshall's four.
North Texas Academic Honors
North Texas honored 223 student-athletes for their academic achievements during the 2015 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.
For the third straight year, the Mean Green tennis team held the highest cumulative team G.P.A during the combined two 2015 semesters with 11 student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
Six tennis players posted a 4.0 G.P.A in at least one of the two semesters. The volleyball team followed with 21 student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 GPA. The swimming and diving team posted the third-highest G.PA. in the two semesters and also had the third-most student-athletes making at least one of the three lists with 34.
Football had the most student-athletes on the honor roll with 55. The women's track and field team followed with 35 student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 G.P.A. Thirteen of the 35 posted a 4.0 in one of the two semesters.
Conference USA Academic Honors
The University of North Texas placed 177 student-athletes on Conference USA's annual academic honor roll. The honorees were among 2,684 student-athletes to earn academic honors from the league.
North Texas landed 177 student-athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll, reserved for student-athletes who earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. Forty-nine Mean Green student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better also received the Commissioner's Academic Medal.
The Mean Green placed the fifth-highest number of student-athletes who participated in league-sponsored sports on the honor roll. North Texas had the second-most academic medal winners in the league.
Football led North Texas with 35 student-athletes on the honor roll, including four medalists. Swimming and diving and women's track and field followed with 25 honorees and nine medal winners on each team.
Of the six conference schools that sponsor swimming and diving, North Texas placed the highest number of swimming student-athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll. And, of the 13 conference schools that sponsor women's track and field, North Texas placed the highest number of track student-athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll.
CoSIDA Academic All-District
Three North Texas student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-District for the 2015-16 season. Soccer's Karla Pineda was named to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team, while Conner Bey and Susie Kemper were named to the track and field all-district teams.
Cory Churchman earned Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar status, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced. Churchman was one of 212 Division I student-athletes to earn the distinction.
The women's tennis program received the All-Academic Team award for the 10th consecutive year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Additionally, seven individual Mean Green tennis players earned ITA Scholar-Athlete distinctions.
Laura Arciniegas, Kamilla Galieva, Maria Kononova, Tamuna Kutubidze, Minying Liang, Anastasiya Shestakova and Agustina Valenzuela received the individual academic award for their respected 3.50 or higher grade point average. To qualify for the ITA All-Academic Team award a program must have a cumulative team grade point.
The softball team received the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I Scholar Award for the 2015-16 season.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced that North Texas was one of 658 swimming and diving teams, representing 388 colleges and universities, to be selected as a Scholar All-America team, an honor that the program has received each year since 2005.
The men's and women's cross-country teams were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team for posting cumulative grade-point averages above 3.0. The men's team posted a GPA of 3.04, and the women followed at 3.37. It marks the fourth straight year to be awarded for both programs.
Bryce McAndrew was named an USTFCCCAA All-Academic honoree. Honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and have finished in the top 15 finishers (or 10 percent) at regionals.
Track And Field
The North Texas women's track & field team (3.13 GPA) was honored along with 219 total Division one women's teams that were named All-Academic by the Association. Bryce McAndrew was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team.
To qualify for USTFCCCA all-academic honors, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For individuals, a student-athlete must have a GPA at least 3.25 and have been ranked in the top 96 nationally for the indoor season, ranked in the top 48 in a relay event, or have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I outdoor championships.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the student athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
Kendron Sowells was one of 14 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship awards, announced by the Conference USA office.
The conference annually awards the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarships to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.
The women's volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the sixth consecutive year.