Athletes Excel in Classroom

Bradley athletes work on homework in Renaissance Coliseum's study space. (Photo by Duane Zehr)

Bobby Parker
June 20, 2016

The final grades have been reported and Bradley's student-athletes enjoyed a record-breaking year in the classroom. The Braves posted a record 3.40 semester grade point average (4.0 scale) for the spring semester, raising the group's cumulative GPA to a record 3.36, according to academic records that date to 1986.

Of Bradley's 222 student-athletes during the 2015-16 school year, 196 (88.3 percent) qualified for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll during at least one of the two semester grading periods and 143 (64.4 percent) met the AD Honor Roll threshold during both the fall and spring semesters. In order to qualify for the AD Honor Roll, student-athletes must be enrolled full time with at least nine graded hours, with the exception of seniors completing graduation requirements, and record a minimum 3.0 semester GPA during the grading period.

In addition to the overall department records, the 106 women set records by combining for an all-time best 3.56 semester GPA, raising the cumulative GPA among the female student-athletes to a record 3.52. All 15 of Bradley's NCAA Division I teams posted spring semester team GPAs better than 3.0 and all 15 completed the academic year with cumulative team GPAs of at least 3.0. Among those teams, the men's basketball (3.18) and men's golf (3.47) teams ended the year with record cumulative team GPAs, while the women's basketball (3.66) and women's track (3.69) squads posted record semester GPAs in their respective sports.

Sport-by-Sport Highlights
Baseball:
  Twenty-four of the team's 33 players qualified for the Bradley Athletic Director's Honor Roll during at least one of the two semesters in 2015-16. Sophomore catcher Ian Kristan was selected to the College Sports Information Director's of America Academic All-District 5 squad and seven team members have been nominated for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete consideration with the league's baseball scholar-athlete team to be announced Tuesday.

Men's Basketball:  Thirteen of the team's 14 players qualified for the AD Honor Roll at least once during the 2015-16 school year and senior guard Ka'Darryl Bell was a repeat honorable mention selection to the MVC Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team. Freshman forward Luuk van Bree was recognized as a Bradley University Outstanding First-Year Student during the annual Rising Star Dinner in February.

Women's Basketball:  All 15 team members qualified for the AD Honor Roll during the program's record-setting 2016 Spring semester and 14 met the 3.0 semester GPA threshold during both terms. Freshman guard Emily Eshoo was recognized as a Bradley University Outstanding First-Year Student during the annual Rising Star Dinner in February.

Men's Cross Country/Track: Of Bradley's 28 men's runners, 24 qualified for the AD Honor during at least one of the two semesters in 2015-16. Junior Patrick Campbell and sophomore Michael Ward both were recognized on the MVC Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Team, while Ward earned the 2015 MVC Men's Cross Country Elite 18 Award. Five team members — junior Caleb Beck, Campbell, sophomore Haran Dunderdale, junior Daniel Gagne and Ward — were recognized on the 2016 MVC Men's Track Scholar-Athlete Team. Senior Marshall Moyer has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 team and is under consideration for Academic All-America in men's cross-country and track. Freshman David Shadid was recognized as a Bradley University Outstanding First-Year Student during the annual Rising Star Dinner in February.

Women's Cross Country/Track: All 34 of Bradley's women's runners qualified for the AD Honor Roll during at least one of the two semesters in 2015-16, including 33 of the 34 during the 2016 Spring semester. Senior Sarah McMahon is under consideration for CoSIDA Academic All-America after being selected to the Academic All-District 5 team. The quartet of seniors Caitlin Busch, Kristen Busch, Rosie Hiles and Rachel Sudbury all earned MVC Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete honors in the fall, while the Busch twins and Sudbury joined senior Emily Delvo and McMahon on the 2016 MVC Women's Track and Field Scholar-Athlete Team.

Men's Golf: Of the eight men's golf team members, seven qualified for the AD Honor Roll during at least one of the two semesters in 2015-16, while senior Lyle Burns and junior Bobby Jacobs both qualified for the 2016 MVC Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete First Team. Jacobs currently is under consideration for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration in the men's at-large category after being selected to the Academic All-District 5 team.

Women's Golf: All 10 members of the women's golf team qualified for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll during both of the 2015-16 grading periods. Senior Danielle Lemek was selected to the MVC Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete first team, while sophomore Ally Scaccia and senior Allison Walsh both received honorable mention recognition.

Soccer: Of the soccer team's 33 players, 28 qualified for the AD Honor Roll in at least one of the two semesters in 2015-16. Junior goalkeeper Logan Ketterer was voted to the NSCAA North/Central Region Scholar-Athlete second team and three Braves — senior Grant Bell, sophomore Clark Emerson and junior Andrew Kovacevic — earned first-team recognition on the 2015 MVC Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete squad, while senior Joe Morales was an honorable mention selection.

Softball: Of the 19 softball players, 18 qualified for the AD Honor Roll in at least one of the two semesters in 2015-16, including 14 who met the threshold in both grading periods. Sophomore catcher Maria Schroeder was voted to the 2016 MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete first team, while junior pitcher Jaelen Hull was an honorable mention selection.

Women's Tennis: Of the 10 women's players, nine qualified for the AD Honor Roll in at least one semester in 2015-16. Bradley was the only Missouri Valley Conference team with as many as four players recognized on the 2016 MVC Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete Team: junior Ariel Dechter and senior Irinka Toidze earned first-team recognition, while sophomore Alexa Brandt and junior Ashley Thai both received honorable mention.

Volleyball: Of the volleyball team's 18 players, 15 qualified for the AD Honor Roll in at least one semester in 2015-16, including 12 players who qualified in both terms. Seniors Cordelia Murphy and Lea Sack both were named to the 2015 MVC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete Team as honorable mention selections.



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