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Clemson Sets Records In The Classroom

Jan. 14, 2000

CLEMSON, S.C. – Student-athletes at Clemson set semester records for overall GPA, academic honor roll members, and President’s List honorees according to a report released by the University’s Athletic Council on Friday.

Clemson’s 501 student-athletes posted a combined GPA of 2.74, breaking the previous best of 2.71 set in the spring of 1999. It was just .04 short of the overall Clemson student GPA of 2.78 for the spring semester. That is the smallest GPA differential in history between the student body and the student-athletes.

A total of 229 student-athletes were on the academic honor roll (3.0 GPA or better), also a single semester record, in fact breaking the previous mark by 48. That means 45.7 percent of Clemson student-athletes were on the academic honor roll. The career cumulative GPA of every athletic team at Clemson is currently at least a 2.44.

“First, we have to thank the our staff at Vickery Hall and the student-athletes themselves for this positive report,” said Bill D’Andrea, director of the Clemson student-athlete enrichment program. “More and more student-athletes are taking advantage of our resources and programs at Vickery Hall. That has been the most rewarding aspect of this job.”

Since the construction of Vickery Hall in 1991, the overall GPA of Clemson’s athletic teams has risen from 2.33 to the current 2.74. The number of academic honor roll recipients has increased from 97 to 229. D’Andrea has supervised the program since its inception.

Eight different programs, including the football, men’s basketball and baseball teams, all had semester records for number of athletes on the honor roll.

The Clemson football team had 34 players with a 3.0 or better, eight more than the previous semester record of 26 set in the spring of 1992. The team GPA for Tommy Bowden’s grid team was 2.35, best ever for a fall semester and third best on record for any semester. Leading the way individually were first-team Academic All-American Kyle Young and second-team Academic All-American Chad Carson, who both had a perfect 4.0 in the classroom. Jeff Scott, son of Clemson Assistant Head Coach Brad Scott, also had a 4.0, as did holder Tucker Hamrick.

The Clemson men’s basketball team had a 2.39 team GPA, its best fall semester since 1995 and its fourth best semester in the last 30 semesters. Adam Allenspach and Pash Bains were two of a record five Tiger basketball players on the academic honor roll. Walker Holt and Jeremy Shyatt, son of Clemson head coach Larry Shyatt, made the Dean’s List.

The Clemson baseball team had 17 academic honor roll selections, also highest on record, and the team had a 2.72 team GPA, tied for the second best semester on record. Other programs that had record semesters in terms of academic honor roll selections were men’s soccer (18), men’s swimming (11), men’s track (22), rowing (37) and volleyball (9). The 37 academic honor roll selections by the rowing team set a record for one team in one semester.

Every athletic team had at least a 2.30 GPA for the semester and has at least a 2.44 on the cumulative level, also a first. A record 27 student-athletes were on the President’s List (4.0), breaking the record of 21 set last spring. Sixty-three student-athletes made the dean’s list, second highest total on record. Among the dean’s list selections was golfer Jonathan Byrd, a first-team Academic and on-course All-American last year, just the seventh student-athlete in Clemson history to accomplish that competition-academic double in the same year.

While six men’s teams broke records for number of student-athletes on the academic honor roll, four women’s programs had the highest semester GPAs, all exceeding 3.0. Leading the way was the rowing team with a 3.18, the third straight semester Coach Suzzie Lueck’s team has had at least a 3.0 team GPA.

Jolene Hoover’s volleyball team had a record setting season on the court with a 31-3 record and first ever top 25 finish. In the classroom they posted a 3.09 team GPA with a record nine players on the academic honor roll. Heidi Cooper led the way with a perfect 4.0 in the classroom.

The women’s tennis team had a 3.04 team GPA, the 10th time in the last 11 semesters the team has been over a 3.0. Six of the seven team members made the academic honor roll. The women’s swimming team was also at 3.04 and six team members (Krystal Ball, Jenna Burtch, Jessica Diebel, Virginia Kirouac, Magdalena Kupiec and Katie Mizell) were named to the President’s List.

Clemson GPAs by Sport, Fall Semester, 1999

SPORT GPA
Baseball 2.72
Men’s Basketball 2.39
Women’s Basketball 2.64
Football 2.35
Golf 2.83
Women’s Rowing 3.18
Men’s Soccer 2.94
Women’s Soccer 2.88
Men’s Swimming 2.63
Women’s Swimming 3.04
Men’s Tennis 2.88
Women’s Tennis 3.04
Men’s Track 2.83
Women’s Track 2.78
Women’s Volleyball 3.09
Overall Student-Athletes 2.74

Academic Honor Roll, Fall 1999

Baseball (17) – Chad Bendinelli, Scott Berney, JesseDouglass, Kyle Frank, Khalil Greene, Paul Harrelson, MatthewHenrie, Brian Holstad, Ryan Hub, Jeff Kane, BJ LaMura, BradleyLeCroy, Alan Lindsey, Mike Proto, Justin Singleton, Henri Stanley,Casey Stone Men’s Basketball (5) – Adam Allenspach, PashaBains, Walker Holt, JD Powell, Jeremy Shyatt Women’s Basketball(7) – Yoneko Allen, Erin Batth, Angie Cossey, Heather Crowe,Chrissy Floyd, Nuria Forns-Escude, Courtney Wittstruck Football(34) – Matt Bailey, Robert Bratton, Douglas Brunson, ChrisCampbell, Chad Carson, Royce Charpia, Jermyn Chester, Justin Davis,Nathan Gillespie, Tucker Hamrick, Charles Harper, Freddie James,Jason LeMay, Marcus Lewis, Brian Mance, Tif Miller, MarcezMitchell, Matt Moler, Henry Owen, David Padgett, Joe Don Reames,Jackie Robinson, Matt Schell, Jeff Scott, Willie Simmons, ChadSpeck, Jason Stockunas, John Strait, Brandon Streeter, RussellStuermann, Bradley Vaughn, Greg Walker, Matt Watson, Kyle YoungGolf (7) – Jonathan Byrd, Matt Hendrix, Tripp James, BenJohnson, Brennen King, Michael Sims, DJ Trahan Women’s Rowing(37) – Mary Brock, Kimberly Brown, Gail Cadorniga, AllisonCartee, Lucille Doolittle, Nicole Eble, Elizabeth Elliott, AlisonGilbert, Denise Hein, Lauren Henne, Dawn Jackson, Cortney Johnson,Jaimee Kamnik, Emily Kuivila, Christina Lindsey, Megan Marsick,Emily Mayhew, Erin Mickey, Elizabeth Monteith, Katherine Niebauer,Lori Ocallaghan, Laura Olsen, Tenley Palisin, Brie Peters,Catherine Pitko, Heidi Robillard, Jennifer Rowe, KatharineSaggiotes, Lisa Sherman, Katherine Sloan, Amanda Specht, KaliSpink, Lauren Teffeau, Martha Vandam, Amanda Williams, JenniferWilson, Victoria Wood Men’s Soccer (18) – Joshua Campbell,Kevin Conaway, Lars Fallang, Ian Fuller, Pat Fullerton, RossGoodacre, Kyle Goodrich, Zach Gottlieb, Andy Heck, Lee Ibrahim,Jeremy Iwaszkowiec, Jason Kamlet, Russell Kiefer, Mark Lisi, NateRawlins, Chet Sosebee, Fabio Tambosi, Carl Thodesen Women’sSoccer (13) – Nancy Augustyniak, Alison Burpee, KatherineCarson, Leigh Clark, Tatum Clowney, Troynann Gentile, Beth Keller,Libby King, Tiffany Lambert, Cindy Mullinix, Kati Reid, AudraSherman, Tricia Williams Men’s Swimming (11) – ChrisAnderson, Jeff Atteberry, Rob Etheridge, Johnathan Folds, AndrewGarrett, Matt Norman, Mike Pridemore, Will Rogers, Nate Spice,Craig Thomas, Jeff Thomas Women’s Swimming (19) – LeslieAnderson, Krystal Ball, Mary Brewer, Jenna Burtch, Beverly Chin,Meghann Clifford, Amanda Commons, Erin Cumbie, Meagan Davis,Jessica Diebel, Patricia Hider, Sarah Keyes, Virginia Kirouac,Magdalena Kupiec, Katie Mizell, Amber Odvody, Lauren Rafferty,Michaela Smith, Amy Tolley Men’s Tennis (8) – ColinAtkinson, Sandon Barth, Tomasz Boniecki, Eric Cohn, Luis Garcia,Josh Goffi, Joey Hopke, Damisa Robinson Women’s Tennis (6) –Cynthia Clausen, Catherine Galvin, Carmina Giraldo, Becky Harmon,Laurence Jayet, Anna Savitskaya Men’s Track (22) – DavidAbel, Charles Allen, Doug Ameigh, David Collins, James Connelly,Ryan Demers, Thomas Flech, Andrew Geisler, Ben Hess, Paul Hill,Mark Jellison, Ronald Kennedy, Adam Klotzbach, Ryan Lewis, GeorgeLloyd, Peter Lukens, Claude Potts, Keith Rzewuski, CharlesSwannack, Clayton Wiggins, Bryan Williams, Jesse Woodard Women’sTrack (16) – Beth Ahern, Kamie Blount, Shenada Brunson, SarahEllis, Helena Janecic, Melissa Manning, Mandy McLane, JenniferMeador, Jamine Moton, Lauren Nicholson, Shannon Schoppman, AnneStowell, ShekeraWeston, Erika Vanreenen, Stephanie Zabel.Volleyball (9) – Mallory Benson, Anne Berki, Tami Bysura,Alison Coday, Heidi Cooper, Emily Gorla, Meredith Kirtland, CynthiaStern, Mary Trull Managers (17) – Brad Batson, SpencerBernstein, Christoher Carroll, Joseph Egan, Brittany Fitschen,Erica Goza, Emilee Hopkins, Joey Jutzeler, Aimee Mastin, JenniferMcGinnis, Scott Myers, Thomas Nelson, Joseph O’Reilly, AndrewPaland, Timothy VanHeule, Philip Wieczorkowski, Michael WorkTrainers (4) – Michael Beres, Mario Fersner, Paul Padgett,Ashley Smith

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