Lady Lion Basketball Team Earns Top 25 Honors from WBCA

Lady Lion Basketball Team Earns Top 25 Honors from WBCA

Wed, Jul. 19, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Wednesday that the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion basketball team earned the distinction as a WBCA Top 25 Academic team at the NAIA level.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2016-17 season is the 22nd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

“The WBCA family is committed to the student-athlete experience and celebrates these teams that have demonstrated excellence in the classroom,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “This year’s WBCA Academic Top 25 is a powerful list of teams and their head coaches who have winning cultures that prepare their student-athletes for success in life.”

Listed below is the 2016-17 WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls by division. The head coach listed for each institution was its head coach during the 2016-17 season.

NCAA Division I

Rank

Institution

Head Coach

GPA

1

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Kevin Borseth

3.819

2

Robert Morris University

Charlie Buscaglia

3.726

3

University of South Dakota

Dawn Plitzuweit

3.704

4

St. Francis College Brooklyn

John Thurston

3.689

5

Arizona State University

Charli Turner Thorne

3.672

6

Miami University (Ohio)

Megan Duffy

3.662

7

Bowling Green State University

Jennifer Roos

3.625

8

University of Northern Iowa

Tanya Warren

3.609

9

Drake University

Jennie Baranczyk

3.600

10

University of North Carolina-Asheville

Brenda Kirkpatrick

3.597

11

Belmont University

Cameron Newbauer

3.575

T12

Eastern Washington University

Wendy Schuller

3.562

T12

Loyola University Maryland

Joe Logan

3.562

14

DePaul University

Doug Bruno

3.561

T15

High Point University

DeUnna Hendrix

3.560

T15

Gardner-Webb University

Rick Reeves

3.560

17

Presbyterian College

Todd Steelman

3.530

18

St. Bonaventure University

Jesse Fleming

3.527

19

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Marsha Frese

3.523

20

University of Wyoming

Joe Legerski

3.521

21

Eastern Illinois University

Debbie Black

3.512

T22

Fairfield University

Joe Frager

3.510

T22

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Cindy Stein

3.510

T24

University of Kentucky

Matthew Mitchell

3.492

T24

Youngstown State University

John Barnes

3.492

NCAA Division II

Rank

Institution

Head Coach

GPA

1

Emporia State University

Jory Collins

3.744

2

Michigan Technological University

Kimberly Cameron

3.736

3

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Emilee Thiesse

3.728

T4

Lubbock Christian University

Steve Gomez

3.723

T4

Maryville University

Collin Lanam

3.723

6

Seton Hill University

Mark Katarski

3.722

T7

Ohio Dominican University

Lynsey Warren

3.717

T7

Pittsburg State University

Lane Lord

3.717

9

Nova Southeastern University

LeAnn Freeland

3.706

10

Grand Valley State University

Mike Williams

3.669

11

Northwood University

Jeff Curtis

3.664

12

University of Southern Indiana

Rick Stein

3.640

13

Fort Hays State University

Tony Hobson

3.624

14

Southern New Hampshire University

Karen Pinkos

3.602

15

Rockhurst University

Larry Park

3.593

16

Augustana University

Dave Krauth

3.588

17

University of the Sciences

Jackie Hartzell

3.581

18

Saginaw Valley State University

Jamie Pewinski

3.576

19

West Texas A&M University

Kristen Mattio

3.568

20

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Karla Nelson

3.554

21

Western Oregon University

Holli Howard-Carpenter

3.539

22

University of Findlay

Jim Wiedie

3.537

23

Montana State University Billings

Kevin Woodin

3.529

24

Notre Dame College (Ohio)

Katie Hine

3.527

25

Embry-Riddle University

Lisa Nuxol-Wilson

3.519

NCAA Division III

Rank

Institution

Head Coach

GPA

1

Emerson College

Bill Gould

3.673

2

Westminster College (Missouri)

Tracey Braden

3.669

3

University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg

Erin Eaton

3.647

4

Greenville College

Roy Mulholland

3.641

5

University of Dubuque

Mark Noll

3.634

6

New York University

Lauren Hall-Gregory

3.625

7

MIT

Sonia Raman

3.618

8

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Tonja Englund

3.594

9

Western Connecticut State University

Kimberley Rybczyk

3.593

10

William Smith College

Lindsay Sharman

3.576

11

Vassar College

Candice Brown

3.559

12

Ithaca College

Dan Raymond

3.558

13

Bethel University (Minnesota)

Jon Herbrechtsmeyer

3.552

14

Middlebury College

KJ Krasco

3.549

15

Carthage College

Tim Bernero

3.547

16

Marywood University

Tara Macciocco

3.546

17

Baldwin Wallace University

Cheri Harrer

3.544

18

Washington and Lee

Christine Clancy

3.540

19

Houghton College

Alicia Mucher

3.537

20

Swarthmore College

Renee DeVarney

3.532

21

Elmhurst College

Tethnie Carrillo

3.527

22

University of Minnesota, Morris

Tim Grove

3.526

23

Suffolk University

Ed Leyden

3.519

24

Case Western Reserve University

Jennifer Reimer

3.513

25

Thomas More College

Jeff Hans

3.511

NAIA

Rank

Institution

Head Coach

GPA

1

Purdue University Northwest

Thomas Megyesi

3.746

2

Mount Marty College

Tom Schlimgen

3.741

3

St. Ambrose University

Krista Van Hauen

3.701

4

Montana State University-Northern

Chris Mouat

3.690

5

Concordia University (Nebraska)

Drew Olson

3.673

6

Grand View University

Garey Smith

3.659

7

Blue Mountain College

Lavon Driskell

3.628

8

Indiana Institute of Technology

Jessie Biggs

3.608

9

University of Rio Grande

David Smalley

3.568

10

Freed-Hardeman University

Dale Neal

3.545

11

Saint Xavier University

Bob Hallberg

3.536

12

Huntington University

Lori Culler

3.530

13

Columbia College

Jessica Keller

3.523

14

University of Great Falls

Bill Himmelberg

3.516

15

Northwestern College

Chris Yaw

3.490

16

Missouri Valley College

Timm Dixon

3.486

17

University of St. Francis

Samantha Quigley Smith

3.483

18

Stephens College

Ray Fron

3.464

19

Cardinal Stritch University

John Pfaffl

3.426

20

Campbellsville University

Ginger Colvin

3.422

21

Concordia University (Michigan)

Thad Sankey

3.412

22

Indiana University East

Tiffani Selhorst

3.382

23

John Brown University

Jeff Soderquist

3.376

24

Kansas Wesleyan University

Ryan Showman

3.370

25

Lyon College

Tracy Stewart-Lange

3.362

 

Junior/Community College

 

Rank

Institution

Head Coach

GPA

1

Des Moines Area Community College

Steve Krafcisin

3.539

2

Snow College

Mike Russell

3.517

3

Northwest College

Janis Beal

3.510

4

Dawson Community College

Romeo Lagmay

3.402

5

Umpqua Community College

Dave Stricklin

3.335

6

Moberly Area Community College

Chad Killinger

3.329

7

Ventura College

Ned Mircetic

3.325

8

Illinois Central College

Karrie Redeker

3.321

9

McHenry County College

Karen Wiley

3.303

10

Minnesota West Community College

Rosalie Hayenga

3.261

11

Gulf Coast State College

Roonie Scovel

3.238

12

Northwest Mississippi Community College

Don Edwards

3.121

13

Indian Rver State College

Diana Couch

3.117

14

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Brenda Mayes

3.096

15

Frank Phillips College

Eric Rodewald

3.081

16

Tallahassee Community College

Franqua Bedell

3.070

17

Ellsworth Community College

Ed Geitz

3.043