SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference released its academic honor roll for the 2014-15 academic year on Monday, with 1,867 student-athletes from the 10 member institutions and nine associate members earning the distinction.
The academic honor roll originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports at member institutions and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters of classes or its equivalent for other academic calendars. Associate members are eligible for the award for the first time this year.
Of the nearly 2,000 student-athletes on the list, a record 919 earned the Commissioner's Medal, awarded annually to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher throughout the year. That number eclipses the previous record of 915 set in 2012-13, when the league had 12 full members.
A league-record 122 student-athletes boasted perfect 4.0 GPAs in 2014-15, easily surpassing the previous standard of 90 set in 2011-12. Each of the league's full members had at least three student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs, led by Mercer and Chattanooga with 23 each.
Mercer paced the league with 265 members of the honor roll, while Furman was second with 209 and Wofford was third with 186. Each of the SoCon's 10 full members had at least 111 student-athletes on the list.
Football boasted the most student-athletes on the list with 264, followed by women's track and field and cross country with 180 and women's soccer with 174. The honor roll includes all 20 SoCon-sponsored sports as well as the non-sponsored sports of women's lacrosse, swimming and diving, water polo, sand volleyball and rifle. League schools who sponsor swimming are members of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.