Record 74 student-athletes earn Division 2 Athletics Directors Association academic honors

More than 70 Vulcan student-athletes have been honored for their academic prowess by the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association.

The association recently announced the 2021-2022 recipients of its Academic Excellence Awards, and a record 74 student-athletes from the University of Hawaii at Hilo were recognized.

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Now in its 15th year, the program honors Division II student-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, who have completed at least two years of college-level work, and who have been active members of an intercollegiate team during the last academic year.

A total of 16,639 student-athletes from 169 institutions won the academic award this year – the most student-athletes recognized since the awards program was established.

“Our student-athletes continue to make us proud of their success in the classroom,” UH-Hilo athletic director Pat Guillen said in a press release. “The travel demands they face while representing UH-Hilo, the State of Hawai’i and our Big Island community are greater than any program in the country. Despite these demands, they continue to excel in their studies and in the field. Well done!”

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Last year, 62 Vulcan student-athletes received this honor.

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“Congratulations to all the student-athletes who received the Academic Excellence Award (Division 2 Athletics Directors Association),” said Kim Pate, vice president for athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne University and current president of the association. , in the press release. “It is so impressive to see the number of student-athletes recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom reach record numbers year after year since the inception of this award. This reflects our member institution’s commitment to providing special recognition of the academic achievement of so many deserving student-athletes.

The Vulcans ranked No. 6 out of 10 Pacific West Conference schools that presented the award to student-athletes. Overall, PacWest finished sixth among other Division II conferences.

Since the awards program’s inception in 2007-08, a total of 127,854 student-athletes have been recognized for their academic achievements at the Division II level.

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