LA Tech student-athletes set records in classroom

If recent Conference USA awards are any indication, Louisiana Tech student-athletes are winning in the classroom as well as on the competitive playing fields.

In an announcement made by the league office Thursday and Friday, a total of 230 Tech student-athletes earned the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll while a record 75 Louisiana Tech student-athletes received the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal during the 2021-22 academic year.

“Last year, I challenged our student-athletes, coaches, and our academic support staff to not settle on their record numbers,” said Louisiana Tech VP and Director of Athletics Dr. Eric A. Wood.  “They certainly did not, surpassing those records by an impressive margin.  I am incredibly proud of how everyone continues to compete in the classroom and raise the bar academically.”

Not only was it the largest total of Bulldogs and Lady Techsters to receive the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll award (previous high was 206 from the 2018-19 academic year), it was also a record-high 61.8 percent of all LA Tech student-athletes (surpassing last year’s 57.3 percent) earning this distinction. 

Six programs – Baseball, Football, Golf, Softball, Women’s Basketball and Soccer – either tied or set a new record high with Honor Roll recipients.  Meanwhile, Bowling, Men’s Track and Field, Volleyball and Tennis all saw totals that ranked second for each of those programs.

Student-athletes named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (based on GPA in fall quarter only). 

The 75 Bulldogs and Lady Techsters to earn C-USA Academic Medalist Award was the highest total ever, eclipsing the previous record which was 66 set back in the 2018-19 academic year.  It was also the highest percentage of all LA Tech student-athletes at 20.2 percent.

Six programs – Baseball, Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis and Women’s Track and Field – either set or matched their record highs for most academic medalists.  This was also the first time that every program had at least one academic medalist. 

Medals are given to those who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better (based on GPA in fall quarter only).  The following is a complete list of the LA Tech medal winners, listed by sport:

BASEBALL (10)

Jesse Boydstun, Baylor Cobb, Riggs Easterling, Wade Elliott, Jonathan Fincher, Ryan Harland, Mason Kelley, Connor Mulhern, Slade Netterville, Steele Netterville

BOWLING (4)

Sara Howell-Floyd, Lindsay Manning, Emily Rettig, Tara Spridco

FOOTBALL (11)

Jacob Adams, Jude Ardoin, Arlind Bengu, J’Dan Burnett, Abraham Delfin, Carlos Dunovant, Chris Fournier, Brayden Hermes, Joshua Mote, Caleb Phillips, Gavin Soniat

MEN’S BASKETBALL (1)

Ben Ponder

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (3)

John Barham, Conner Killian, Joshua Raiford

GOLF (2)

Payne Johnson, Will Patrick

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD (1)

Wilson Yates

SOFTBALL (4)

Lindsay Edwards, Olivia Ellingson, Brook Melnychuk, Lauren Menzina

VOLLEYBALL (4)

Jaena Bell, McKenzie Johnson, Mallory Meers, Ainsley Yanz

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (6)

Amaya Brannon, Robyn Lee, Silvia Nativi, Lotte Sant, Autumn Smith, Mackenzie Wurm

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (3)

Riley Killian, Jacquelin LaBerteaux, Rebecca Quebedeaux

SOCCER (15)

Libe Banuelos, Alma Cedefors, Nicole Fels, Maci Geltmeier, Avery Kyle, Rebecca Lancaster, Kalli Matlock, Morgan Miller, Laura Ogando, Jordan Porter, Megan Povirk, Josie Studer, Carmen Suarez, Megan White, Alpine Williams

TENNIS (4)

Madison Cefalu, Ana Rodrigues, Leonie Schuknecht, Lara Unkovich

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD (7)

Landace Abshire, Victoria Datta, Annamari Farrar, Maggie Gilmore, Nariah Parks, Nike Praetzel, Leah Scott


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