FLORENCE, S.C. – For the fourth consecutive year, and the sixth time in the past decade, the Francis Marion University women’s softball team has earned Girls Got Game/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Academic Team recognition. The Patriots were one of 73 NCAA Division II programs honored for the 2009 season.
Francis Marion compiled a 3.329 cumulative grade-point average and ranked 24th among Division II programs, and 81st among all four-year schools – NCAA (all divisions) and NAIA. The team’s GPA ranked third among all Division II Palmetto State schools and second among Peach Belt Conference programs.
The All-Academic Team listings are based on cumulative team grade-point averages submitted by NFCA member head coaches for the 2008-09 academic year.
FMU previously earned this team honor in 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
“I am very proud of the way our players have achieved success both on the playing field and in the classroom,” said FMU head coach Stacey Vallee. “Their work ethic in both arenas has been tremendous. They truly understand that earning a college degree is the top reason they are here. As in winning games, this academic award is a team effort.”
Francis Marion ended the 2009 season with a 32-19 record, and narrowly missed earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.