- Fourteen DWU teams earn academic honors July 15, 2014
MITCHELL, S.D. – When students come to play sports at Dakota Wesleyan University, they compete and help their team, but they also come to get an education. DWU coaches and administration pride themselves on making sure the Tiger student athletes focus on getting a high quality education while they compete on various athletic teams.
Tuesday afternoon, it became evident that the Tiger student-athletes buy into the student-first mindset at DWU. Fourteen of Dakota Wesleyan’s 17 varsity sports earned NAIA Scholar-Team honors for 2013-14, the NAIA announced. This year, 1,290 athletic programs earned the honor, which requires to have a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The team GPA includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
The DWU women’s cross country team led the way for the Tigers with a 3.49 GPA. Women’s indoor and outdoor track both posted 3.48 GPAs, and volleyball finished out the year with a 3.45 GPA. Women’s golf recorded a 3.43, softball had a 3.35 and women’s basketball recorded a 3.32. Men’s basketball finished the season with a 3.26 GPA, and the Tiger wrestling program put together a 3.22 GPA. Women’s soccer finished with a 3.18, men’s soccer a 3.16, men’s golf recorded a 3.11, baseball ended the season with a 3.03 GPA and football a 3.02.
The Ashford (Iowa) men’s golf program was named the Scholar-Team of the Year after posting a 3.86 GPA. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and Biola (Calif.) each had 19 teams honored, which led the nation in 2013-14.