ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville had 50.3 percent of its student-athletes earn a place on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll for the 2008-09 school year. The Bulldogs had 72 of their 143 student-athletes maintain a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better for the recently-completed academic year.
Two UNC Asheville athletes, Kaitlyn McDaniel (volleyball) and Louise Bottomley (women’s tennis) recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs during the spring semester. As a whole, the Big South Conference placed 1,347 out of 3,033 student-athletes – 44.4 percent — on its prestigious annual Presidential Honor Roll. The 44.4 percentage marks the fifth-straight year above the 40 percent threshold.
Radford University led all Big South institutions, placing 57.9 percent of its 247 student-athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll, one of four full-time members to have at least 50 percent on the list. High Point University, Gardner-Webb University, and UNC Asheville rounded out the top four.
“The Big South Conference has always taken a lot of pride in the academic accomplishments of its student-athletes,” said Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander. “To have nearly half of all student-athletes make the Presidential Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year is a reflection of the outstanding individuals in the Conference and their priorities. We are all extremely proud of the achievements of these fine young men and women.”