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Ventura #2 in Nation on WBCA Academic Honor Roll Top 20

Sixth Straight Year Pirates Are on National List

 

  July 12, 2009    ATLANTA - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its winners for the 2008-09 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This award, given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College, awards teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches.

 

The Ventura College Pirates placed second on the list in the Junior College/Community College category with a 3.352 overall Grade Point Average for the 2008-09 academic year.  They finished just 0.026 grade points behind Phoenix College for the nation's top academic recognition.  This is the sixth consecutive season the Pirates have been honored by the WBCA on their National Academic Honor Roll.  This year's second place finish bests VC's #6 ranking of 2007-08.  Their overall 3.352 GPA is also tops in school history for an entire academic year. 

 

The award concludes a season in which the Pirates finished with a 34-1 record, advanced to the State Final Four, had sophomore point guard Michelle Santizo named first-team State Farm/WBCA All-American, and had head coach Ned Mircetic named the Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year.

 

“It is always an honor for the WBCA to recognize these teams for putting together outstanding cumulative grade point averages,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said.  “We want to congratulate each and every one of these teams for their efforts in the classroom and want them to know that we celebrate their hard work.  My thanks go out to these teams for setting a benchmark of success academically among their peers in the sport.”

 

GPAs are calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student-athlete on an institution's roster in the given academic terms by the total number of hours earned by the team. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Per a motion passed by the WBCA Board of Directors in 2007, teams making the list of Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll must obtain at least a 3.000 overall GPA.

The WBCA Academic Top 20* Team Honor Roll for JC/CC is as follows:

 

School

2008-09 Head Coach

Team GPA

1

Phoenix College

Samantha Ezell

3.378

2

Ventura College

Ned Mircetic

3.352

3

Seward County CC

Toby Wynn

3.328

4

Western Texas College

Tammy Davis

3.282

5

Arizona Western College

Patrick Cunningham

3.278

6

Eastern Arizona Junior College

Dan Dersam

3.266

7

South Plains College

Michelle Wyatt

3.259

8

Dodge City CC

Steve High

3.257

9

Lon Morris College

Rosalyn Floyd Tindel

3.213

10

Lincoln College

Carol Wilson

3.182

11

Kirkwood CC

Kim Muhl

3.158

12

Lewis & Clark CC

Peg Mitchell

3.157

13

Kishwaukee College

Karen Wiley

3.139

14

Gordon College

Jeannine Cavallaro

3.136

15

Johnson County CC

Benjamin Conrad

3.132

16

John Wood CC

Norman Rodriguez

3.114

17

Ellsworth Community College

Ed Geitz

3.067

t18

Marshalltown Community College

Larry Roberts

3.037

t18

Illinois Central College

Steve Garber

3.037

20

Solano Community College

Matt Borchert

3.020

 

About the WBCA

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.