Special to the Record-Courier
On the playing fields and in the arenas, Kent State athletics had its most decorated calendar year in history.
The Golden Flashes also had their best calendar year in the classroom, including an unparalleled fall semester (2012), which saw 257 student-athletes achieve a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Collectively, Kent State's teams combined for a 3.07 grade point average this past semester, raising its cumulative GPA to 3.05.
"Our student-athletes have done a great job of taking advantage of campus resources and athletic academic support services," Director of Student-Athlete Development Angie Hull said. "And our coaches continue to recruit with high academic standards."
Ten Golden Flashes' teams recorded term GPAs over 3.0 and carry cumulative GPAs over 3.0. Of those 10 teams, four notched GPAs over 3.4, including softball and women's cross country, which eclipsed 3.6. Softball, football and baseball all had their best fall semesters in school history.
Baseball's 3.265 was its highest term GPA in team history in any semester. Football's 47 players (41 percent of the roster) with a 3.0 or higher GPA was its highest in-season amount in program history. Volleyball's 3.351 was its highest in-season GPA since 2006.
Individually, 25 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA this past fall. Those elite members were also among the 30 percent of student-athletes (135) with a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Of the nearly 450 student-athletes at Kent State, 58 percent had a fall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Each student-athlete from that group will be recognized at halftime of the Feb. 13 men's basketball game against Miami.
During the 2012 spring semester, five teams posted their highest term GPAs in history. Prior to the fall of 2011, the Golden Flashes never recorded a collective 3.0 in a term, but that milestone has now been reached in three straight semesters. Currently, five teams carry a cumulative GPA over 3.4.