N Atlantic Sun Conference C For more than 30 years, the Atlantic Sun Conference has support- • Softball continues its pursuit to become a multi-bid sport as its member institutions in providing intercollegiate athletics the league posted the 12th best RPI in the NCAA, its fourth A ed programs committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun acstraight season being ranked in the top-12 and boasted five this mission by maintaining the highest standards in top-100 teams led by conference champion Jacksonville (44). A complishes academic and athletic achievement, creating a balance between • Men’s Golf success has become an expectation in the A-Sun. ‘70 ‘82
student and athlete. Adding an emphasis on sportsmanship in the competitive arena and fostering leadership opportunities through community service, the A-Sun, its member institutions and its student-athletes aim for an overall educational experience that is successful in Building Winners for Life.
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The student-athletes of the A-Sun consistently achieve academic accolades on a national level ...
As a whole, the Atlantic Sun set a new record with 63.79 percent of all student-athletes earning All-Academic status after achieving at least a 3.0 GPA last year. Belmont’s Mick Hedgepeth was named the 2010-11 NACDA Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete of the Year. ETSU baseball standout Paul Hoilman won his second straight A-Sun Student-Athlete of the Year award becoming just the fourth person in A-Sun history to accomplish that feat. He ranked third nationally in home runs on his way to posting a 3.95 GPA in math. The A-Sun was the NCAA’s top academic performing women’s soccer conference last year as nine of 11 teams received recognition from the NSCAA for posting a team GPA of 3.0 or better. No other Division I conference a higher percentage of teams on the list. Kennesaw State’s Ben Greene earned the NCAA who earned the NCAA Elite 88 honor for having the best GPA among participants in the men’s golf championship.
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The A-Sun finished with an RPI of 17 in men’s basketball, trailing just the ACC, SEC and Conference USA among nine southeastern Division I conferences. A conference record three teams reached postseason play with Jacksonville and ETSU each picking up CIT victories. The A-Sun became one of just two Division I conferences to earn a grant from the NCAA to enhance women’s basketball marketing. As a result, attendance in the league increased by nearly 16% from a year ago with league champion Stetson nearly doubling their previous year mark. Baseball returned to its lofty position on the national stage last year. The A-Sun ranked ninth in the RPI and sent three teams to NCAA Regionals with Belmont and Stetson reaching the regional finals.
Kennesaw State finished third at the NCAA Southeastern Regional last year, the best regional finish ever for an A-Sun team. They advanced to nationals, the seventh time in eight years an A-Sun team advanced. The A-Sun posted the nation’s biggest turnaround in men’s soccer last year with four programs improving by nearly 100 spots in the NCAA RPI. FGCU spent most of the season ranked in the top-25.
The NCAA annual Federal Graduation Rate and Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report shows the A-Sun living its mission of Building Winners for Life as 32 programs check in with a 100% success rate. Survey results from The Tennessean tab Lipscomb grad Beth Harwell, the state’s first female Speaker of the House, as Most Powerful Woman in the state last winter. A trio of A-Sun schools - UNF, Belmont and Lipscomb - received Community Engagement recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for exceptional commitment to community service. Ted Gumbart was one of only four conference commissioners to join NCAA President Mark Emmert at an August retreat to discuss strategic change in Division I athletics. Lipscomb’s Jenna Bartsokas earned post-graduate scholarships from both the A-Sun and the NCAA while being named the league’s Student-Athlete of the Year and a candidate for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award. Three A-Sun institutions ranked among the top 8 Regional Universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Stetson (#3), Belmont (#5) and Mercer (#8) each earned top marks.
Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
2012 Media Guide & Record Book
2012 Baseball Media Guide & Record Book