113 Named to A.D.'s Fall Honor Roll

URBANA, Ohio (January 30, 2014) - A total of 113 Urbana University student-athletes maintained a GPA of 3.25 or higher and enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in the 2013 Fall Term, earning a spot on the Athletic Director's Fall Honor Roll.

The top academic squads in the fall were the men’s swimming team (3.79 GPA) and women’s cross country team (3.82). It's is the third consecutive term on top for both of those squads.  The GPA of the men's swim team has never been topped by another men's team at UU, and only twice before (by the women's cross country team this semester and last spring with an all-time high team GPA of 3.85), has a women's team topped their 3.79 cumulative GPA.

In the fall of 2012, Urbana University student-athletes posted the most successful academic semester since records were kept. A school-record 121 student-athletes made the Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll. Never before had more than 100 Blue Knights landed on the Honor Roll. Now, after the most recent fall semester, the Blue Knights can boast back-to-back-to-back triple digit numbers on the AD's Honor Roll.

The Blue Knight football team had the most representatives on the Honor Roll with 24 for the second straight semester. The softball team had the most representatives on the women’s side with 10. The 113 total members were made up of 68 men and 45 women.

In overall cumulative GPA, the Blue Knight women topped the Blue Knight men 3.15 to 2.65. As a whole, the student-athlete populous posted a 2.80 GPA, which is just below the Athletic Department record of 2.87, set last spring.  The goal of attaining an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 amongst student-athletes is still within reach.

Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Jim Judge Jr. is a big reason for the recent upward trend in student-athlete GPA’s at Urbana University. Dr. Judge is the link between the UU faculty and coaches. He helped devise a system that allows for consistent communication between these two parties. His relentless pursuit of feedback provides coaches with a constant stream of information about their student-athletes’ performance in the classroom. Coaches are using this information to ensure their student-athletes are attending class and keeping their grades up.  Dr. Judge is in his 6th year as FAR at Urbana University.

As a result of all of the hard work by Dr. Judge, the Blue Knight coaches and the student-athletes, an incredible 28 Blue Knights posted perfect 4.0 grade point averages this past fall (17 men, 11 women). That ties the school record set in the fall of 2012. The football team led the way with 6 perfect 4.0's, including the school's first ever NCAA Division II First Team Academic American (Kyle Wallace).  The softball team led the women's side with 3 student-athletes with perfect 4.0 GPA's.

A complete list of the 113 student-athletes on the AD's 2013 Fall Honor Roll are below. 

FOOTBALL (24)
Cale Burdyshaw
Jake Krupko
Justin Pritchett
Kyle Wallace
Taylor Cayot
Dan Krupko
Scott Porter
Kevin Smith
Andrew Garland
Eric Pelfrey
Damon Bollin
Donte Washington
Blaine Hafner
Brian Ridley
Jarred Seaver
Cody King
David Webb
Duane Hairston
Isaiah Irons
Terrell Hudson
D.J. Mendenhall
Chance Talbot
Nate Wilburn-Ogletree
David McComas

BASEBALL (16)
Josh Allen
Jeff Beall
Luke Bowling
Steven Brown
Jackson Everman
Nick Gallagher
Brad Hall
Billy Kosachook
Bronson Marlett
Zack Melino
Mathew Paculan
Cody Ridinger
Austin Rodesky
Robert Tavone, Jr.
Jose Vargas
Tyquan Wakefield

MENS BASKETBALL (6)
Josh Brown
Daniel Goins
Dusan Komljenovic
Ognjen Rebic
Zach Stillings
Casey Baker

MENS SWIMMING (8)
Alexander Parks
Coleston Pope
Matt Stover
Carl Henriksson
Eric Eaton
Kim Helander
Nick Spragrove
Alex Espinoza
MENS CROSS COUNTRY (3)
Mason Dail
Matthew Wilt
Zach Johnson

MENS GOLF (2)
Jordan Sosby
Michael Dague

MENS SOCCER (10)
Marc Penman
Dustin Daugherty
Ed Willoughby
Nathan Jones
James Burridge
Aaron Burt
Michael McFarlane
Nick Daughetee
Evan Burkholder
Aaron Atherton

VOLLEYBALL (6)
Kelsey Volkmer
Alyssa Kennedy
Katie Kremer
Megan Verhoff
Kasia Walczak
Mary Hendricks

WOMENS BASKETBALL (4)
Katy Barkley
Tori Merrell
Tiffany Parks
Jackie Cousineau

WOMENS SWIMMING (4)
Siara Chupp
Laura Harting
Jennifer Schwartz
Aerika Wieser

WOMENS GOLF (4)
Shelby Link
Amanda Rockhold
Lindsey Phillips
Kasey Caudill

WOMENS CROSS COUNTRY (3)
Jenna Hooks
Jackie Smith
La'Donna Bonner

WOMENS SOCCER (7)
Samantha Trick
Brianna Haines
McKensey Cross
Megan Myers
Savannah Thomas
Taylor Gianangeli
Anna Snyder

WOMENS LACROSSE (7)
Ashley Gerken
Chiara Corsmeier
Tabitha Stein
Heather Abdalla
Jordan Addison
Jessica McHenry
Taylor Andersen

SOFTBALL (10)
Katelyn Edwards
Haley Kolmerten
Nicolette Holthaus
Delina Farnlacher
Courtney Stewart
Heather Martin
Melina Hilty
Cortney Moore
Ashley Skinner
Caitlyn Everhart

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