The Stetson University baseball program excelled on the field and in the classroom during the 2011-12 academic year, placing 20 players on the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic teams for the year.
The Hatters, who had league-high four players named to the A-Sun’s All-Academic team, as voted on by the league media relations directors, at the end of the season, were one of five team with at least 20 players named to the year-end Academic Honor Rolls.
“I think it goes to Mark Leavitt and our recruiting,” Stetson head coach Pete Dunn said. “As coaches, we want to coach baseball and have that be our number one focus. We want to develop players and win games. When you have to worry about academics, that becomes a distraction.
“When we are out recruiting, we are obviously looking for good players, but we are also looking for players who will be successful in the class room. That is a thread that is woven into our recruiting program. Having 20 of the 35 players on the roster recognized says a lot.”
Senior Jake Boyd led the way, earning a spot on the President’s List, which is reserved for student-athlete’s with a grade point average of 3.8 or better. Boyd was one of seven Stetson student-athletes to earned the honor.
Senior Will Dorsey was named to the Commissioner’s Scholar list for posting a GPA of between 3.6 and 3.79. He was also a member of that exclusive club, joining seven other Stetson student-athletes.
Four other Hatters joined with Boyd and Dorsey on the A-Sun Conference Scholar list, which recognizes students with a GPA of 3.4 or better. That list includes junior Mitchel Brennan, junior Joe Dye, senior Ethan Maskolunas and junior Kurt Schluter.
The 14 other Stetson players recognized on the A-Sun Academic Honor Roll for maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA were: redshirt freshman Kyle Pitts, sophomores Robert Bruce, Kyle Campbell, Brian Eggleston, Cameron Griffin, Kevin Lindheim, Austin Perez, Justin Pickens and Kyle Zech, junior James Rasmussen and seniors Lindsey Caughel, Tucker Donahue and Robbie Powell.
“I have always said that we get a better kid here at Stetson because of the academics,” Dunn said. “These kids and their parents value a good education and they have to be disciplined in order to achieve in the class room.”
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.”