Oct. 31, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Not only was the Alabama softball team the top program on the field but it was one of the best academically as well. The Crimson Tide was named one of the NFCA Top 10 All-Academic teams for the 2011-12 academic year, the organization announced.
“To win a national championship is one thing but to finish seventh academically among all Division I softball teams is another incredible achievement reached by the 2012 team,” Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. “The team GPA of 3.56 was the highest in our 16-year history. I think this shows that you can win big on the field and do great things off the field in the classroom. This team definitely had their priorities in the right place.”
Alabama ranked seventh in the country with a team cumulative GPA of 3.560, earning the award for the second straight year. UA was the only team from the Southeastern Conference to earn the award and also the only program to make the Women’s College World Series to earn the honor.
The Tide had 14 players named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll, which was the second most among spring sports at Alabama. Four freshmen were also named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
Three Tide players were named Academic All-Americans. Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) earned first team honors for the second straight season, sporting a 3.92 GPA in public relations.
Jackey Branham (Troy, Mo.) and Cassie Reilly-Boccia (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) earned second team honors. Branham showcased a perfect 4.0 GPA in secondary education, while Reilly-Boccia had a 3.75 GPA and finished her degree in exercise science.
The NFCA Academic Awards program honors both collegiate and high school teams for their submitted GPAs for the 2011-12 academic year. As a second component of the program, all submitted student-athletes who achieved a 3.50 GPA during last academic year are named as a NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete. The individual honorees will be announced at a later date on NFCA.org.
NCAA Division I
1. Robert Morris University – 3.609
2. University of Northern Colorado – 3.603
3. Kent State University – 3.596
4. Southern Illinois University – 3.582
5 (tie). Central Michigan University – 3.572
5 (tie). Tennessee Technological University – 3.572
7. University of Alabama – 3.560
8. Drake University – 3.553
9. Eastern Michigan University – 3.552
10. Bowling Green State University – 3.533