(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans athletics earned esteemed academic honors as eleven teams recently received the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Team award. A total of 898 programs in the NAIA were recognized this year.
“First, I would like to congratulate all of our teams for their hard work in the classroom,” said Loyola Director of Athletics and Wellness and head men’s basketball coach Dr. Michael Giorlando. “We are extremely proud of those programs that have been recognized as NAIA Scholar-Teams for outstanding academic achievement. This is also a testament to our coaches who place a premium in recruiting true student-athletes and value the university’s mission of educating the whole person.”
Andy Canegitta’s women’s cross country team produced the highest mark for Loyola, finishing with a 3.52 combined grade-point average. The men’s cross country squad followed closely with a 3.34. Additional teams that earned recognition under the direction of Canegitta included women’s outdoor track (3.28), women’s indoor track (3.26), men’s indoor track (3.08) and men’s outdoor track (3.07).
Dr. Giorlando’s men’s basketball team earned the fifth highest mark for Loyola with a 3.24. The women’s volleyball team improved to a 3.15, while Lisa Tinkler’s women’s golf team, Kellie Kennedy’s women’s basketball team and Zubin Engineer’s women’s tennis team rounded out the honorees with GPAs of 3.09, 3.05 and 3.03 respectively.
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 eligible varsity student-athletes.