Stetson University’s men’s soccer program showed during the 2011 season that they can compete with any team in the nation on the field. The Hatters also showed during the academic year that they can compete in the class room as well.
Stetson had 17 players singled out by the Atlantic Sun Conference for posting grade point averages of at least 3.0 during the 2011-12 academic year. A pair of Hatters were named to the Commissioner’s List for having a GPA of at least 3.6 and a total of eight were named to the Conference Scholars list.
That list included a total of 406 student-athletes from around the league, 55 from Stetson. Those students were recognized for their sustained achievement over at least two years to go with a 3.4 or better GPA.
Seniors Gonzalo de Mujica and Matt Delisle were named to both lists. They were joined on the Conference Scholars list by seniors Daniel Billman and Joakin Helland, juniors Kai Eckenrode and Luis Ocejo and sophomores Evan Jimmo and Andreas Schnable.
“Part of what we are promoting here at Stetson is not just student-athlete, but scholar athlete,” Stetson coach T. Logan Fleck said. “I think the representation of these players indicated great excellence in the classroom and excellence on the field.”
In addition, nine other members of the Stetson team were also named to the All-Academic team for posting a GPA of at least 3.0.
That list includes: freshmen Dwight Lodge and Gabriele Vittori, sophomores Chris Aquirre, JJ Bostic, AJ Cardounel and Raffaele Centofanti, junior Jonathan Mendoza and seniors Stephan Ledain and Matt Paris
Overall, the A-Sun recognized 1,416 student-athletes as All-Academic selections for their work in the classroom by reaching the 3.0 mark. Additionally, 89 percent of the A-Sun's 18 championship teams had at least half of the student-athletes on their rosters earn All-Academic recognition.
Stetson was one of four league institutions to have had more than 70 percent of its student-athletes recognized for having a grade-point average of at least 3.0. Stetson had 139 of its 197 student-athletes who competed in the Atlantic Sun recognized.
“I applaud all who continue to successfully achieve as student-athletes,” A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. “To see nearly two-thirds of our student-athletes earn this level of academic distinction means that they certainly are committed to the A-Sun's mission of ‘Building Winners for Life.’
“It is important to recognize that this is a team effort, due to the commitment of the athletic administration, coaches and staff of our member institutions, who daily serve as the catalysts for such impressive development of our young people. Congratulations and thank you again to the institutions and to each student-athlete for providing such an outstanding representation of the Atlantic Sun Conference.”