FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University athletic director Murray Hartzler recently announced the names of 11 Patriot student-athletes named to the university’s chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.
To earn a place in this honor society, a student-athlete must be at least a junior, have a 3.40 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale, and have an endorsement from his or her respective head coach. The nominees are then screened by a selection committee.
The inductees are men’s tennis player Dan Cordrey (Boca Raton, Fla.), women’s tennis players Stephanie Bush (Aiken, S.C.) and Maria Cordrey (Summerville, S.C.), women’s volleyball player Kimberly Covil (Castle Hayne, N.C.), women’s basketball players Michelle Ghere (Long Beach, Miss.) and Jennifer Howard (Raleigh, N.C.), women’s softball player Amber Gaines (Garden Grove, Calif.), baseball pitcher Erin Jones (Dillon, S.C.), and women’s soccer players Cyprian Gillingham (Hollywood, Md.), Katie Roberts (Frederick, Md.) and Jessica Skarzinski (Charles Town, W.V.).
The Cordreys are married.
Chi Alpha Sigma was founded in May 1996 by DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis. The organization currently has 90 chapters in 32 states. Francis Marion has the only chapter in South Carolina.
Over the past four years, 31 different FMU student-athletes have earned this honor.
Chi Alpha Sigma's purposes are: to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited institutions; to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letterwinners; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics; to recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university; and to mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.