Eleven Loyola Athletic Teams Honored by the NAIA for Academics

Wed, 07/13/2011

Kansas City, Mo.- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recently recognized eleven Loyola University New Orleans intercollegiate athletic programs as NAIA Scholar-Teams.
Cross country and track coach Andy Canegitta had all six of his squads earning distinction with his men’s cross country team posting the highest grade point average of any Wolfpack team with a 3.39 GPA. Canegitta’s teams had six of the top seven Loyola GPA’s with women’s cross country (3.23 GPA), women’s indoor track and field (3.20 GPA), women’s outdoor track and field (3.20 GPA), and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams each had a 3.13 GPA. The volleyball team, coached by Tommy Harold, also had a 3.20 GPA.
Men’s and women’s tennis coach Zubin Engineer’s teams also had a solid year in the classroom. In their return to intercollegiate competition this season, the men’s team had a 3.11 GPA. The women, in their second year back on the court, posted a 3.07 GPA. 
Dr. Michael Giorlando’s men’s basketball team had a 3.09 GPA and Coach Kellie Kennedy’s women’s squad posted a 3.06 GPA to round out the squads honored by the NAIA.
“The fact that we had eleven teams honored by the NAIA is an honor that our entire University can share in. Obviously, our student athletes are working hard to succeed in the classroom. Our coaches also monitor their academic progress, but it should be noted that the faculty and staff at Loyola are apart of this achievement as well,” said Loyola Director of Athletics and Wellness Dr. Michael Giorlando.
The NAIA recognized a record 934 teams with scholar team awards this year. For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.
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