@StetsonMSoccer For 35 years, the Atlantic Sun Conference has supported its member institutions in providing intercollegiate athletics programs committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets it mission by maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement, creating a balance between 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. BUILDING 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 more than 65 percent of all student-athletes earning All-Academic status after achieving at least a 3.0 GPA last year. ETSU’s Adam Solazzo and FGSU’s Sarah Hansen swept the Division I-AAA Men’s and Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, while the A-Sun also claimed the men’s post-graduate scholarship from the association. FGCU’s Courtney Chihil garnered A-Sun Female Student-Athlete of the year honors, graduating with a 3.86 GPA in nursing while leading the team in minutes and helping her team to the fifth best winning percentage in the nation. Also recognized as a Capital One All-District and DI-AAA ADA selection, she was the A-Sun’s candidate for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award. For the second consecutive year, The A-Sun is one of only three conferences in NCAA Division I women’s soccer to have all of its teams win the NSCAA Team Academic Award for posting a team GPA of 3.0 or better. The Atlantic Sun Conference set a new high with seven teams receiving The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season by their maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. The A-Sun’s total ranks it in a tie for second among the 31 NCAA Division I conferences. WINNERS ... while performing at a high level in the competitive arena ... The A-Sun placed three men’s basketball teams in postseason play for the second consecutive season, with Mercer claiming the 2012 CIT Championship and giving the A-Sun its first postseason championship in league history. The Jacksonville women’s track and field team won a conference record seventh consecutive indoor and outdoor track and field titles. In its first year of eligibility for all sports, FGCU won a combined eight regular season and tournament titles, the most in the conference. Softball continues its pursuit to become a multi-bid sport as the league posted the 11th best RPI in the NCAA, its fifth straight season being ranked in the top-12 and boasted six top-100 teams including conference champion Florida Gulf Coast (74). Men’s Golf continues to grow into one of the conference’s strongest national sports. North Florida earned a No. 2 seed at its regional while Kennesaw State earned at at-large beth to the championship. Representatives of six schools participated in NCAA Regional play in 2012, doubling last year’s numbers. Additionally, North Florida’s appearance in the NCAA Championship Round ups the A-Sun’s total to at least one team in the championship in eight of the last nine years. The A-Sun added sand volleyball and became the first conference in NCAA history to host a conference championship in the emerging sport. Additionally, pairs from North Florida and Stetson advanced to compete in the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship. FOR LIFE! ...and preparing themselves to become valuable members of their community . 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 12 A-Sun postseason teams equaled or bettered the national average. Resulting from a number of initiatives throughout 2011-12, the A-Sun SAAC raised more than $22,200 to benefit organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Club, and many more. In eight years of fundraising, the SAAC has accumulated more than $125,000 for local programs. Six Atlantic Sun Conference member institutions were named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, two with distinction. That number also places the A-Sun among the top half of Division I conferences, as only 12 of 31 conferences had six or more schools recognized. The A-Sun has successfully placed 17 individuals on NCAA committees. The conference is the only one in the nation to post Faculty Athletics Representatives on both the Leadership and Legislative Councils. Since opening in 1997, Florida Gulf Coast University has amassed more than 1 million service-learning hours and earned national recognition for its program. In the latest periodic rankings by national publications, six Atlantic Sun member institutions have been named as one of the top colleges and universities across the country in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” 2012 list, created by Forbes Magazine. Stetson tops the list of the half-dozen A-Sun institutions that rank in the top 15 to 23 percent of all colleges and universities granting fouryear degrees. The list also includes North Florida, Mercer University, Northern Kentucky University, East Tennessee State University and Kennesaw State University. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun footprint reaches into seven six of the top media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.