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Student-Athletes Receive National Accolades for their Academic Performance During the 2015-16 Season

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The Men’s Basketball Team and Women’s Volleyball squads garnered team recognition for their cumulative grade point averages by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), respectively. Men’s basketball player Josue Salaam was recognized by the NABC while tennis player Greg Almeida and Alejandra Vidal were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

“What a great testament this is of the commitment of our staff and the student-athletes to succeed academically and athletically,” said Vice President Of Intercollegiate Athletics Lynn Thompson. “Recognition like this validates our vision and mission of Ascending to Greatness.”

Salaam, a senior from San Francisco, was named to the NABC’s Honors Court for maintaining a GPA of 3.2 or higher while the team received the Team Academic Excellence Award for a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Bethune-Cookman was one of only 29 Division I programs to be recognized.

“I’m very proud of this achievement because it shows that the players have bought in and are committed to getting the job done in the classroom,” said Men’s Basketball Coach Gravelle Craig, whose program has produced 19 Bachelor’s Degree award winners as well as five Master’s Degree recipients, including Craig himself, in the past five years. “I want this recognition to become a regular occurrence and I’m confident that our team can raise its overall GPA even higher and produce Honors graduates.”

Coming off its most successful on-the-court season with an undefeated record in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season and a first-ever appearance in the conference tournament championship, the volleyball team received the AVCA’s Team Academic Award for maintaining at least a 3.30 GPA for the third consecutive year.

“This recognition completes what was an amazing year for our volleyball program,” said Head Coach Brittany Williams, who was named MEAC Coach Of The Year. “We’ll continue to maintain these high standards as we begin the new year.”

Almeida and Vidal were named to the ITA’s All-Academic Team for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or high. This was the second straight year that Almeida, a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil has been recognized. A junior from Maracaibo, Venezuela, Vidal was a second team selection on the MEAC All-Conference team and was named to the All-tournament team in May.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.