The 3.351 GPA proved to be a historic one, as it’s the highest single semester cumulative grade point average that Springfield College student-athletes have ever achieved. A total of 304 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.5 or above during the semester, including 35 who posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper was especially pleased with the effort from the student-athletes. "I was delighted to learn last week that our student-athletes collectively have broken another school record. This one was not done on a field, or a court - rather in the classroom,” said Cooper. “Our student-athletes posted an all-time high GPA of 3.351 this past fall semester, which I understand was higher than the GPA for the student body as a whole. Congratulations to our Springfield College student athletes, you make us proud."
From a conference, regional, and national standout, a number of Springfield College student-athletes were recognized for their academic excellence. 63 student-athletes earned conference all-academic honors, while football’s Scott Leech (Lincoln, R.I.), men’s basketball’s Nick Sienkiewicz (Cranston, R.I.), and women’s volleyball’s Tessa Smolinski (Hebron, Conn.) were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Smolinski later went on to be named the Capital One Women’s Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year, the first such honor in Springfield College Athletics history.
“I could not be more impressed with the work our student-athletes are putting in when it comes to their academics”, said Dr. Cathie Schweitzer, Springfield College’s Director of Athletics. “We pride ourselves on having student-athletes that are not only dedicated to excelling in their respective sport, but also being a champion in the classroom and in our surrounding community. It is a testament to our coaches and the type of student-athlete that they are recruiting and the support they are providing to their players.”