June 20, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -The Southern Conference released its academic honor roll for the 2013-14 academic year with 153 Western Carolina University student-athletes being honored.
All toll, 1,915 student-athletes from the 11 member institutions earned the distinction.
Of the nearly 2,000 student-athletes on the list, 873 were awarded the Commissioner's Medal, awarded annually to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher throughout the year.
Seventy-three WCU student-athletes earned the Commissioner's Medal. Four Catamounts had perfect 4.0 GPA's in the 2013-14 academic year; T.J. Fussell (baseball), Lindsey Burleson (women's basketball), Lexi Ross (softball) and Laney Browder(track and field).
Throughout the 2013-14 season two Catamount student-athletes were also honored by being named to the prestigious Capital One Academic All-District III Team: Jacob Hoyle (baseball) and Taylor Sigmon(softball).Football junior place kicker Richard Sigmon was also named to the 16th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) All-Star team.
The academic honor roll originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports at member institutions and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters of classes or its equivalent for other academic calendars.
Elon had a league-best 230 student-athletes on the honor roll, while Appalachian State and Davidson were close behind with 227 each. Wofford (207) also eclipsed 200 selections. Each of the SoCon's 11 league schools had at least 111 student-athletes on the list.
Football boasted the most student-athletes on the list with 290, followed by women's track and field and cross country with 225 and women's soccer with 219. The honor roll includes all 19 SoCon-sponsored sports as well as the non-sponsored sports of field hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving and rifle. League schools who sponsor swimming are members of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.