July 23, 2014
— For the first time in its athletic program's history, University of the Southwest placed multiple sport programs on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Team as five of the nine intercollegiate athletic programs achieved a team cumulative GPA higher than 3.00. The USW Women's Tennis team garnered special recognition as one of the top sport programs in the nation for academic performance as the Lady Mustang Women's Tennis Student-Athletes earned a ranking of 16th in the nation among NAIA institutions.
"Our athletic program at USW is committed to excellence in both the academic and athletic arenas," stated Vice President for Advancement and Director of Athletics William Weidner. "This national recognition for academic achievement is a tribute to that commitment and reflects well on Mustang Athletics and the University of the Southwest. USW athletics will continue our efforts to lay a solid foundation upon which to build future successes in the classroom as well as on the playing field in our quest to establish a nationally respected and competitive NAIA Division I intercollegiate athletic program."
Women's Tennis led USW's excellent academic performance with a 3.75 GPA placing them second overall nationally among Women's Tennis teams within the NAIA membership. All told, the USW Women's Tennis program was among the select 38 Women's Tennis teams that qualified for this NAIA national award for academic achievement. The USW Women's Basketball team and the Mustang Men's Tennis team also represented USW on the prestigious NAIA Academic Achievement honor roll, each with a 3.22 team GPA while the Women's Soccer team followed with a 3.05 team GPA and the Women's Volleyball squad claimed a 3.02 overall team GPA.
"On behalf of the Mustang Athletic Department and the University of the Southwest, I want to congratulate our student-athletes for a job well done," continued Weidner. "We are extremely proud of our student-athletes and the sport programs that they represent in earning this well-deserved national recognition for academic achievement."
The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) produced 16 NAIA Scholar-Teams. USW came in second in RRAC team representation in this regard. The NAIA recognized 1,290 individual athletic programs for their academic achievements. For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all eligible intercollegiate student-athletes at the varsity level.
View the full list of NAIA teams here.