Golden Eagle football team claims
OVC Team Academic Achievement Award
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech placed 101 student-athletes on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2012-2013 academic year, with 14 Golden Eagles earning the OVC Medal of Honor for posting the highest grades in their sport. In addition, the Golden Eagle football team won the OVC Team Academic Achievement Award for their sport.
The honors were announced Thursday by the league office.
"We are extremely proud of the academic success of our
student-athletes and our teams,” said Director of Athletics
Mark Wilson. “I congratulate each of them for being named to
the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll, winning the Medal of Honor, and
earning the Team Academic Achievement Award.
"Student-athletes at Tennessee Tech truly personify the meaning of the term,” Wilson said. “Success within the academic realm is expected consistently, and these awards represent the standard that has been set for both athletic and academic performances at Tennessee Tech."
Several Golden Eagle teams led the league or were near the top of their sport for the number of student-athletes on the list. Tech’s football team paved the way with 19 athletes making the honor roll, leading the conference with the most players named to the list.
"Individually and as teams, our student-athletes, coaching staffs and administration are doing an outstanding job of keeping their focus on academic achievement," said TTU Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Jeff Roberts.
The Medal of Honor, given to the student-athlete who achieves
the highest grade point average in a conference-sponsored sport,
went to 14 TTU athletes.
The league also announced that Tennessee Tech's football team is the recipient of the OVC Team Academic Achievement Award. The team awards are presented annually in each of the 16 Conference-sponsored sports to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher.
The team/institution honorees are:
Men's Basketball: Belmont
Women's Basketball: Southeast Missouri
Men's Cross Country: SIUE
Women's Cross Country: Belmont and UT Martin
Football: Tennessee Tech
Men's Golf: Belmont
Women's Golf: SIUE
Rifle: Murray State
Women's Soccer: Belmont
Softball: Jacksonville State
Men's Tennis: Austin Peay and Jacksonville State
Women's Tennis: SIUE
Men's Track and Field: Belmont
Women's Track and Field: Belmont
Women's Volleyball: Austin Peay
Two women participating in two sports each during 2012-2013 earned multiple Academic Medals of Honor -- Beth Miller and Meghan O'Donoghue each earned the honor in both cross country and track & field.
Tech’s other 2012 OVC Medal of Honor winners are: Tim
Graham (baseball), Dennis Ogbe (men's basketball), Kellie Cook and
Kylie Cook (women's basketball), Adam McLeod (men's cross country),
Elizabeth Miller and Meghan O'Donoghue (women's cross country),
Seth McDonald and Patrick Prewitt (football), Samantha Cook and
Brittney Spalding (softball), Miller and O'Donoghue (women's
track), and Ashleigh Hancock (volleyball).
The 101 Golden Eagles listed on the Commissioner's Honor Roll:
Women’s Basketball (5)
Women's Cross-Country (8)
Women’s Golf (4)
Alejandro Augusto Bueno
Alvaro Cintas Canto
Arturo Santa Ruiz
Women’s Track and Field (16)
* indicates athlete participated in more than one sport