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Liberty Athletics Sets Record with Highest GPA in Department History

January 8, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Athletics capped the best calendar year in department history with a recently announced record 3.18 cumulative grade point average.

Liberty student-athletes are currently maintaining a 3.18 cumulative GPA following the conclusion of the fall semester, the highest recorded GPA in athletics department history.

A total of 95 student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall, while 52 student-athletes carried a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA through the semester. At the conclusion of the fall, 372 student-athletes are maintaining a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (64 percent).

Aiding in this effort is Liberty's Academic Affairs for Athletics office, which is the team behind the Liberty Flames athletics teams, paving the way for student-athlete success in the classroom.

This group of dedicated individuals spends countless hours each week working alongside Liberty's 550-plus student-athletes, providing academic, athletic, social and spiritual development for each individual.

Of Liberty's 20 athletics programs, 19 of those currently hold a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA following the conclusion of the 2019 fall semester.

The Liberty volleyball team holds the highest cumulative GPA (3.70) of any team on campus. Along with their success in the classroom, the Lady Flames posted their first 20-win season since 2014 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

The Lady Flames swimming & diving squad is close behind the volleyball program with a 3.69 cumulative GPA. The Lady Flames, who have already reached the 10-win mark for the seventh season in a row, also led all Liberty athletics teams with a 3.61 GPA during the fall semester.

The Flames men's tennis team, which is predicted to finish second in the ASUN Men's Tennis Preseason Poll, leads all men's squads with a 3.56 cumulative GPA.

Meanwhile, the men's golf team, who advanced to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship last spring, paced all men's teams with a 3.35 fall GPA. The Flames, who hold a 3.40 cumulative GPA, finished the fall ranked No. 33 in the country in the final Golfstat rankings.

Additionally, the Flames football program, winners of the 2019 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl, continues to maintain a 2.7 cumulative team GPA. Liberty had 17 players post a 3.5 or higher GPA during its bowl championship semester, including five players with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Individually, Liberty had two of its fall sport student-athletes earn CoSIDA® Academic All-America honors. Redshirt junior outside hitter Amelia Johnson was been named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America® volleyball team, while senior midfielder Ruben Garcia was named to the 2019 Academic All-America® men's soccer squad.

Below is a list of teams which currently have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA:

  • Volleyball | 3.70 GPA
  • Swimming & Diving | 3.69 GPA
  • Men's Tennis | 3.56 GPA
  • Women's Soccer | 3.54 GPA
  • Men's Golf | 3.40 GPA
  • Women's Track & Field/Cross Country | 3.40 GPA
  • Field Hockey | 3.35 GPA
  • Women's Lacrosse | 3.31 GPA
  • Women's Tennis | 3.30 GPA
  • Men's Soccer | 3.23 GPA
  • Women's Basketball | 3.21 GPA
  • Softball | 3.13 GPA
  • Men's Basketball | 3.11 GPA
  • Baseball | 3.10 GPA
  • Men's Track & Field/Cross Country | 3.00 GPA

"It's very gratifying that at a time where we're enjoying unprecedented success, we also had a record semester in the classroom with a 3.18 GPA. That's a credit to the Liberty faculty, the Academic Affairs for Athletics staff who do a wonderful job and also the commitment of our coaches and the hard work put in by student-athletes. We're about whole person development here at Liberty, athletically, academically, spiritually, socially. We want to thrive in each of those areas, and this is another indicator that we're doing that."
Ian McCaw, Director of Athletics

"I am so excited for our student-athletes, the athletics department and for Academic Affairs for Athletics. To be at a 3.18 GPA just shows the commitment of our student-athletes, of our tutorial program, of our professors. We've had so much buy-in and communication with our instructors that I just think shows the commitment that the university has to student success, not just student-athlete success, and always trending in the right direction."
Kristie Beitz, Senior Associate Athletics Director - Academic Affairs

"That's just a testament to our girls. They work really hard. Kristie Beitz and her staff do not get enough credit for what they do. Her and Ethan Chase, our academic advisor, are two great people and just fully supportive of athletics. Our girls appreciate them and all they do. We're blessed to be in this position."
Trevor Johnson, Head Volleyball Coach