The work of Hofstra University student-athletes in the classroom continues to be extraordinary as Pride student-athletes had a record 3.24 grade point average for the 2014-15 academic year. Overall Hofstra student-athletes have a 3.15 GPA when taking into account their entire collegiate careers.
The 3.22 spring GPA marked a new record for Pride student-athletes, which came on the heels of a stellar 3.21 GPA during the fall semester.
“I speak for our entire department in saying that we are very proud of our student-athletes and their academic achievements,” commented Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “Our students are fortunate to be taught by outstanding faculty and to have the opportunity to earn a Hofstra degree. Pride student-athletes continue to strive for success in the classroom, in the competitive venues and by being active in the surrounding communities. In addition, special thanks to the University Advisement team of Rachel Peel-Macandrew and Michelle Spaterella for their unwavering support of our student-athletes and their academic endeavors.”
Ten Hofstra athletic teams compiled GPAs of 3.30 or higher for the 2014-15 academic year. Leading the way in that group was the women’s tennis team with a 3.66 GPA. Also achieving at least a 3.30 GPA were: women’s soccer (3.61), field hockey (3.52), volleyball (3.50), women’s golf (3.50), women’s cross country (3.48), men’s soccer (3.43), men’s tennis (3.39), softball (3.36) and men’s cross country (3.30). In addition, three other programs had at least a 3.00 team GPA during the academic year.
Individually, Hofstra student-athletes excelled in the classroom where more than 200 had a 3.0 GPA or higher in both the fall and spring semesters, with 26 student-athletes earning a perfect 4.0 GPA in one or both semesters. Three student-athletes – Caryn Bailey (softball), Jonel Boileau (field hockey) and Kelsie Wills (volleyball) – were named the Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their sport.
In the spring semester, 16 student-athletes had a perfect 4.00 GPA, with women’s soccer leading the way with four. They included: Adama Aja(volleyball), Katherine Ferris (volleyball), Hannah Klemm (volleyball), Jessica Peslak (softball), Sam Calvet (women’s soccer), Carolyn Carrera (women’s lacrosse/women’s soccer), Chloe Dale (women’s soccer), Lea Hinnen (women’s soccer), Claudia Marin Samper (field hockey), Stella Schoen (field hockey), Amanda Sullivan (women’s cross country), CapriAnna Pappalardo (women’s cross country), Felix Schafer (men’s soccer), Henry Crayton(men’s soccer), Kris Clarke (men’s lacrosse) and Nick Kozlowski (baseball).
In the fall 2014 semester, 14 Hofstra student-athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA. Those student-athletes included: Brett Johnson (baseball), Alan Hetherington (men’s cross country), Daniel Grundei (men’s soccer), Crayton, Ari Richman (men’s tennis), Becky Celorio (women’s cross country),Megan Tidey (women’s cross country), Matilda Hallett (field hockey), Schoen, Victoria Snak (women’s golf), Erin Havard (women’s soccer), Jeannine Molleda (women’s soccer), Rachel Simodejka (softball) and Peslak.
This continues a recent trend of outstanding work by Hofstra student-athletes. A school-best 10 teams – men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s golf, softball women’s soccer and women’s tennis achieved a perfect 1000 score on the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rates (APR) for the 2013-14 academic year in information released recently. In addition, the softball and women’s tennis programs were recognized by the NCAA as both posted a multi-year APR in the top-10 percent of their respective sport throughout Division I.
During the 2014-15 academic year, a total of 57 Hofstra student-athletes earned degrees. There were 55 Pride student-athletes that earned their undergraduate degrees and a pair of student-athletes that received master’s degrees.