14 of 16 Tabor College Varsity Sports Teams Receive NAIA Award

July 17, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College is excited to announce that 14 of its 16 varsity athletic teams earned the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Team Award for their academic efforts in the classroom during the fall and spring semesters of the 2013-2014 academic year. Each team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the academic year in order to receive this award.

Vice president of intercollegiate athletics Rusty Allen said: “Part of the mission of the athletic department is to support learning. Our coaches work hard to impress upon their athletes the importance of excellence in the classroom. God has blessed us with talented athletes and students. I am proud of our coaches and players and look forward to continued academic excellence.”

Below is a list of cumulative GPAs for each varsity team:

  • Football – 3.01
  • Men’s Cross Country – 3.44
  • Men’s Indoor Track & Field – 3.09
  • Men’s Outdoor Track & Field – 3.05
  • Men’s Soccer – 3.05
  • Men’s Tennis – 3.28
  • Softball – 3.18
  • Volleyball – 3.47
  • Division II Women’s Basketball – 3.45
  • Women’s Cross Country – 3.70
  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field – 3.66
  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field – 3.61
  • Women’s Soccer – 3.26
  • Women’s Tennis – 3.62

The Tabor College football team is one of only four football teams in the entire NAIA to have won this award during the 2013-2014 academic year. Head football coach Mike Gardner said he is proud of his guys for their hard work off the field.

“This is a great accomplishment, and something we’ve been striving for since I returned four years ago,” said Gardner. “I’m proud we have been able to attract players who have bought in academically to Tabor College and their futures apart from football. It’s been great to work with these guys and see a lot of winning on the field and in the classroom.”

President Jules Glanzer attributes this success in the classroom to the outstanding academic staff at Tabor.

“These awards are a tribute to our coaches, student success office, athletic administration and faculty for working with our athletes helping them succeed both in the classroom and on the court and field,” said Glanzer.

“I am especially pleased that our football team is one of the teams receiving the award. With that many players on the varsity, it becomes more difficult to achieve a high team GPA. I also want to thank the academic administration for their work in crafting an attendance policy that I am sure helped with this academic success.”

Frank Johnson, vice president of academics said the student-athletes are to be commended.

“God continues to bless Tabor College,” said Johnson. “What a thrill to see the collective success of these student-athletes and their coaches. I am truly grateful for all who have contributed to this remarkable achievement – on the competitive field/court-as well as the classroom.”