NE10 Ranked Among the Nation's Elite in D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards

NE10 Ranked Among the Nation's Elite in D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards


NE10 with remarkable 974 student-athletes honored by the D2 ADA.

The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced the 2018-19 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards, in its 12th year, is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. 

In total, there were 11,660 student-athletes from 185 institutions being recognized for the 2018-19 Academic Achievement Awards. This set the record for the most participation from institutions and the largest number of student-athletes being nominated. This year, the association has the most student-athletes being honored from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), with 975, closely followed by the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) with 974 and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 791. 

"I am very excited to see the highest number of student-athletes get recognized for their academic achievements this past year," said D2 ADA President Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics at Rogers State University. "The number of institutions recognizing their student-athletes' academic achievements continues to rise.  As a board, this is perhaps one of our biggest initiatives. We see the value of acknowledging academic achievements. This a way for our member institutions, through D2 ADA, to recognize our student-athletes." 

Independently, GMAC's University of Findlay moved up to lead the pack this year with 211 honorees, followed by the GLVC's University of Indianapolis with 163 award winners. Rounding out the top three finishers among institutions is a tie with Tiffin University out of the GMAC with 149 recipients and SAC's Queens University of Charlotte with 149 recipients. The top-five concluded with Gannon University out of the PSAC with 144 nominees.

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution must be a current dues-paying member of the D2 ADA. 

Also, the student-athlete must: 
· have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale 
· have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work 
· have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year

Total Number of Honorees for Each Conference

California Collegiate - 394
CACC - 621
CIAA - 130
Conference Carolinas - 493
ECC - 337
GAC - 212
GLIAC - 538
GLVC - 791
GMAC - 522
GNAC - 362
Gulf South - 390
Heartland - 305
Lone Star - 225
MIAA - 700
MEC - 261
Northeast-10 - 974
NSIC - 639
Pacific West - 382
Peach Belt - 352
PSAC - 975
RMAC - 632
SAC - 760
SIAC - 83
SSC - 582

The NE10 is an association of 14 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete. 

Each year, 4,500 student-athletes compete in conference championships, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.