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Five Louisville Athletics Teams Recognized for Academic Excellence

 
Emily Juhl was one of two Cardinals to earn the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.


Emily Juhl was one of two Cardinals to earn the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

July 23, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville athletics teams excelled once again in the classroom for the 2013-14 academic year. Five programs earned American Athletic Conference Team Academic Excellence Awards, the league announced Wednesday.

Dating back to the school's days in the BIG EAST, men's basketball received the accolade for the fourth-consecutive season, women's golf was named the team award recipient for the second-straight year, and women's rowing, men's indoor track and field, women's volleyball each won the award for their respective sports.

Each of the Cardinals' teams will be competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which Louisville joined on July 1.

Men's basketball, which posted a record 3.42 cumulative grade-point average, won AAC regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Cardinals posted above a 3.0 GPA in both the fall and spring semesters, moving their streak under head coach Rick Pitino to 12-straight semesters with better than a 3.0.

Women's golf, like men's basketball, was recognized in May for achieving a perfect multiyear APR score of 1000. The group finished the academic season with a stellar 3.64 grade-point average behind four WGCA All-American Scholars. Each individual recognized surpassed the 3.50 minimum GPA to achieve the honor. Under the tutelage of head coach Courtney Trimble, the team won the inaugural American Athletic Conference title.

The rowing team, which capped an immaculate year with its first NCAA Championships berth, totaled a 3.36 grade-point average. Twelve rowers earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association honors for athletic and academic success. The Cardinals, led by coach Derek Copeland, captured one of the school's 14 league titles, 12 of which were won in the AAC.

Louisville's men's indoor track and field team posted a 3.18 grade-point average in a season that saw two student-athletes earn All-America honors. Under first-year coach Dale Cowper, the group finished runner-up at the AAC Championships. Ben Williams highlighted Louisville's run at the national championships, taking fourth in the men's triple jump.

 

 

The women's volleyball team, one of nine programs that had a perfect APR score of 1000 in 2012-13, registered a 3.52 cumulative GPA. Under head coach Anne Kordes, Louisville won its second conference championship during the fall.

Overall, UofL's 23 athletics teams combined to produce a 3.116 GPA in 2013-14. A record 371 student-athletes received recognition on the fall athletic director's honor roll (3.0 GPA). Two student-athletes - Sam Bombaugh (track and field) and Emily Juhl (volleyball) were awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.

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