Emmanuel College has 66 student athletes named to the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic Team for the 2012-13 school year.
To be named to the team, athletes must be in their varsity season of competition, have earned at least 24 credit hours, and have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA in all courses attempted.
The 66 awards in this one academic year surpass the total number over the last four years combined. From 2008 - 2011, 63 EC athletes earned this recognition with 25 of those in the 2011–12 academic year.
“You only have to look at last year’s SSAC academic standings and compare them to this year’s to see the by-product of a calculated, intentional direction that our coaching staff is going with our athletic teams," EC Athletic Director José Larios says. "Our recruitment and retention of some of the best student athletes in the SSAC and the NAIA can only be accomplished with the tremendous support of our faculty and administration. This year’s rise toward the top of our conference is an institutional-wide process, and that process begins and ends with our student athletes. We are incredibly proud of the way they represent EC!”
EC checks in at third place on the conference list. Lee University leads the conference with 73 athletes and William Carey in second with 67 athletes. In fourth is Mobile (56) with Spring Hill (47) in fifth.
The SSAC All-Academic Team selections are also part of the annual Lil' Bronze Peach series between EC and Southern Wesleyan University. Four points are up for grabs for the school that places a higher percentage of athletes on the SSAC Academic Team. SWU posts 26 athletes in 2012-13.
The complete list of award winners can be found at the Southern States Athletic Conference website under the Awards tab.