The Wildcats baseball team has yet to play a 2010 season game on their home field, but they have already earned accolades on campus. The student athletes tallied a team grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better in their fall semester studies.
WNC Dean of Student Services/Athletics Director John Kinkella said that the college's top priority for student athletes is high academic achievement. "We are delighted that both of our athletics teams continued our unbroken streak of team grade point averages of 3.0 or above," he said.
Head Coach DJ Whittemore said his team made sacrifices and was dedicated to their studies last fall and "the rewards speak for themselves." Six players earned over a 3.75 GPA and two players earned a perfect 4.0 - Brooks Klein from Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas, and Sean Dwyer from Missoula, Montana.
"Dominating the classroom the same way we do the playing field has been our program's top priority since its inception, and this group is no different," Whittemore said. "This marks the ninth time in nine semesters that the team GPA has exceeded a 3.0 and we are hoping for a fifth straight "NJCAA Spring Academic Team of the Year" award in 2010."
Whittemore singled out George McNulty, who advises WNC's athletes, as being instrumental in the students' academic success.
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