Hockey players earn ACHA Academic All-America honors
April 1, 2016 | Lynchburg, Va.
Five members of Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team and four student-athletes on the Flames' DI men's squad have earned ACHA Academic All-American status this season. The distinction is awarded to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 GPA or higher.
"The academic support we have here in Club Sports has been instrumental to the success of our student-athletes," said Kirk Handy, head coach of the DI men's hockey team and athletic director for Club Sports. "That's a huge thing we want to focus on."
Liberty's DII men, which advanced to the ACHA DII National Championship final for the first time since 2006, were represented by junior defenseman Daniel Huntington, senior forward Paul Ingles, and three graduate students — forwards Christian Garland and Ryan Kerr and goalie Blair Bennett.
"It is obviously an honor," said Kerr, a former DI player who works as recruiting coordinator for Liberty's Club Sports department and will graduate with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in May. "Balancing school and working for Club Sports as well as playing hockey was definitely challenging."
For the Flames' DI team, junior forward Grant Garvin, junior goalie Matt Pinel, junior forward Chase Harris, and graduate forward Peter Shantz were recognized as Academic All-Americans.
"Those guys are diligent about applying themselves in every area of their lives and you can see it come to fruition in their academics and the way they compete on the ice," Liberty Associate Head Coach Jeff Boettger said. "It's awesome to see them being recognized from an academic perspective. Academically and socially, they manage their time well and are committed people, which shows the character and the focus they have."