Zach Loll has returned the Wabash Valley College Lady Warrior basketball team to national prominence with a berth in the NJCAA Division I tournament in March. The veteran coach has also landed his team near the top of the standings in an area that counts just as much – academics.
WVC finished third in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll presented by AT&T. Snow College, Utah was named No. 1 for the third straight year, with a team Grade Point Average of 3.626. Sheridan College, Wyoming, followed with a GPA of 3.547, followed by Wabash Valley at 3.478, tied for third with Northwest Mississippi.
“The WBCA applauds these teams for their commitment to academic excellence during the 2014-15 school year,” said Danielle Donehew. “The student-athlete experience is an exciting and challenging time period and we appreciate these programs for setting an academic standard that other teams can strive to achieve. We value the hard work and dedication the players and coaches have put forth to thrive in the classroom and on the basketball court.”
“We applaud these young women for delivering on the court and in the classroom,” said Ryan Luckey, AVP, AT&T Corporate Sponsorships. “They set a tremendous example for all student-athletes.”
A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPA’s are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City topped the NCAA Division I listing for the second straight year. Ohio Dominican University made the list for the sixth time and sits atop the NCAA Division II honor roll for the second time overall. Nebraska Wesleyan took the top spot for NCAA Division III for the first time in program history and returned to the list for the first time since 2004.
Valley City State University, North Dakota, topped the NAIA list, posting their best showing since last making the list in 2010 at the No. 2 spot.
WVC (28-7 last season and Great Rivers Athletic Conference champions with a 15-1 record) was the only team on the academic honor roll to advance to the NJCAA national tournament in Salina, Kansas.