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Robert Morris Earns Third-Highest GPA in Division I

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pittsburgh – For the third consecutive season, the Robert Morris University softball team earned acclaim for its performance off the field as the Colonials earned the third-highest grade-point average among all Division I schools during the 2010-11 academic year according to figures recently released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

This marks the fourth occurrence overall that the RMU softball program has been among the top three schools academically in the country and the third-consecutive season for the Colonials after they led the nation in GPA in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. Robert Morris is also the only school in the nation to have been among the top five programs academically in each of the past three seasons.

“Once again being recognized among the best academic teams in the nation is a great tribute to the hard work that our student-athletes do in the classroom,” said head coach Craig Coleman, RMU's athletic director. “They prove every day that academic success and athletic success can go hand in hand.”

Robert Morris posted a 3.553 GPA during the most recent academic year, surpassing the 3.55 mark for the third straight season. Amazingly, at the conclusion of the spring 2011 semester, each of the 16 Colonials on the squad had an individual cumulative GPA in excess of 3.0. RMU softball student-athletes, representing 12 distinct majors, also posted 12 semester averages above 3.8 during the year, led by junior pitcher Alexa Bryson’s (Greensburg, Pa. / Latrobe Area) perfect 4.0 mark in the spring semester.

This distinction for RMU joins a long list of academic accomplishments that Colonial softball student-athletes have earned in recent years.

Senior Annie Dubovec (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) became the program’s first Academic All-American this past May and was also the first female student-athlete from any sport in RMU history to claim First Team Academic All-America honors. Junior Allie Patton (Poland, Ohio / Poland) joined Dubovec in securing Academic All-District First Team honors in 2011.

These two selections pushed the softball program’s all-time Academic All-District total to 15, including 10 in the past six years alone. Furthermore, Robert Morris is the only program in District II, which encompasses all Division I schools in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, to have earned multiple Academic All-District softball selections in each of the past four years.

In addition to the team title a year ago, eight Colonials were selected as NFCA Scholar Athletes in 2010 for their individual success in the classroom. The 2011 NFCA Scholar Athletes will be announced within the coming week.

Robert Morris’ academic success in 2011 in no way inhibited the Colonials from performing effectively on the field as RMU went 15-5 in league play to win its fifth NEC regular-season title. Five Colonials earned all-conference honors while Coleman and his assistants were named the NEC Coaching Staff of the Year.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.