By TTU Sports Information & OVC
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was yet another fantastic season for the Tennessee Tech student-athletes in the classroom and it was reflected with 98 named to the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2018-19 academic year.
The most honored Tech teams was baseball and football, which each boasted 15 student-athletes on the list. The baseball and football teams were followed closely by soccer with 14, track & field with 13 and softball with 12.
To be selected for the honor, the student-athlete must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport(s) and used a season of competition.
"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.
"Student-athletes at Tennessee Tech truly personify the meaning of the term. 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."
Across the league, 1,382 student-athletes were recognized for their efforts in the classroom. Overall it marks the highest total in League history, surpassing the mark of 1,349 honorees set just a year ago.
Over the past 10 years, the OVC has honored over 12,000 student-athletes with the Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Yesterday the League announced that a record 268 student-athletes earned the OVC Academic Medal of Honor for having perfect 4.0 grade point averages last academic year. The League will announce the winner of the Academic Achievement Award and Team Academic Achievement Awards on Wednesday.
The Tech student-athletes on the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll list included:
BASEBALL (15) – Connor Adams, John Dyer, JD Funk, Jason Hinchman, Jason Hogan, Daniel Holley, Gavin Johns, Ty King, Cody Littlejohn, Nathan McMeans, Andrew O'Dwyer, Grant Phillips, Thomas Saliba, Andrew Swanson, Zack Wilcox
MEN'S BASKETBALL (2) – Cade Crosland, Tyler Thompson
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (6) – Abby Buckner, Lacy Cantrell, Megan Clark, Mackenzie Coleman, Riley Masters, Anacia Wilkinson
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (3) – Brannon Cheplak, Sammy Kipkirui, Gabriel Kiprono
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (4) – Sharon Chepkemboi*, Vivien Chesire*, Janet Kwambai*, Courtney McCowan*
FOOTBALL (15) – Anthony Akers, Seth Carlisle, David Gist, Norman Hand, Seth Huner, Tavin Kilpatrick, Mitchell McClurg, Marcus McMeans, Sam Oldham, Riley Patton, Josh Poplar, Xavier Schlueter, Adam Swayze, Bryson Tolley, Jake Warwick
MEN'S GOLF (3) – Bryce Beeler, Bracton Womack, Cameron Yeary
WOMEN'S GOLF (3) – Hannah Bratton, Arianna Clemmer, Shelby Johnson
WOMEN'S SOCCER (14) – Isabelle Austin, Katie Bain, Rachel Blow, Ashley Grimes, Taylor Hornback, Molly Kafader*, Courtney Manning*, Tina Marolt, Kari Naerdemann*, Kendall Powell, Natalie Rolen, Kaitie Shipley, Chloe Smith, Nora Vicsek
SOFTBALL (12) – Emily Bartholomew, Haeli Bryson, Chandler Caldwell, Hallie Davis, Kayla Hughes, Gabby LaSala, Raleigh Lewis, Jessie Lowery, Ashley McGowan, Amanda Phy, Callie Piper, Leigh Ellen Thomas
MEN'S TENNIS (6) – Wenceslao Albin, Elias Grubert, Riku Kubota, Lucca Silva, Rafael Tosetto, Carlos Vicente
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD (13) – Anya Akili, Alexa Brugere, Sharon Chepkemboi*, Vivien Chesire*, Molly Kafader*, Janet Kwambai*, Courtney Manning*, Courtney McCowan*, Kari Naerdemann*, Catherine Parker, Khemani Roberts, Jordan Toney, Lisa Wickham
VOLLEYBALL (9) – Kirsten Brugere, Taylor Dorsey, Ashley Hand, Shealene Little, Jessica Oliver, Aynsley Stier, Rachel Thomas, Lauren Toledo, Ali Verzani
* - Student-athlete was a winner in multiple sports
Photo by Thomas Corhern