NFCA Academic Team Rankings | NFCA Individual Honorees

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Sam Houston State softball team tied for fifth among all NCAA Division I softball programs in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Academic Team rankings for the 2017-18 academic year, announced by the NFCA Wednesday.

“I would like to thank the NFCA for this recognition,” head coach Garrett Valis said. “It’s a tremendous way to bring awareness to the awesome achievement our sport experiences in the classroom.”

The Bearkats, boasted a stellar 3.598 team grade-point average to tie for No. 5 overall. Sam Houston was the highest-ranking member of the Southland Conference as Nicholls tied for 67th (3.350), McNeese tied for 87th (3.290) and Southeastern Louisiana finished 100th (3.179).

Grand Canyon (3.790) was the Division I leader in team GPA honors, followed by Northern Kentucky (3.670), UNC Charlotte (3.649), SIUE (3.616), Sam Houston, Robert Morris (3.598), Southern Illinois (3.596), Alabama (3.590), Detroit Mercy (3.571) and DePaul (3.569) to round out the top 10.

106 Division I teams accumulated a 3.00 GPA or higher during the 2017-18 academic year.

Along with the team accolades, 14 student-athletes earned 2017-18 Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete laurels. Six Kats posted a perfect 4.00 GPA and the remaining squad members produced a GPA of 3.53 or better.

“Our athletes take so much pride in their academics and, as a program, we support them in that high achievement,” Valis added. “The academic environment provided for our student-athletes is second to none and we know without that framework, this type of honor would not be possible.”

In his first season at the helm, Valis returns 14 veteran players and welcomes six newcomers to the 2019 squad. The Kats begin their fall season on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the College Classic in Spring, Texas.

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