The most successful NJCAA programs in the classroom this year were recently recognized with the announcement of the 2019-20 NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year.

For the second year in a row, Cowley College saw nine athletic programs earn recognition by assembling a 3.0 grade-point average or higher.

“I am very proud of our student-athletes and their commitment to academic success,” Cowley athletic director Shane Larson said. “To see so many teams and individuals thrive in unprecedented times, having seasons canceled and classes moved to virtual formats is very telling of the quality of our student-athlete.”

The women’s tennis team led the way with a 3.44 GPA, while the men’s tennis team finished with a 3.30 GPA. The baseball team had a 3.28 GPA, joining volleyball (3.24), men’s cross country (3.23), women’s cross country (3.22) and softball (3.21).

The women’s soccer team (3.10) and men’s indoor track and field team (3.07) were also honored for their stellar work in the classroom.

“I would like to thank the Cowley faculty for their support and dedication to their students during the spring semester,” Larson said.

“It was a very difficult time and a part of our student-athletes’ academic success is because of the outstanding quality of instruction provided by our faculty here at Cowley. It was definitely a team effort and as always when Cowley College groups come together success normally follows. Congratulations again to our student athletes and coaches and we are looking forward to seeing our teams back on campus in August.”

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