Let it not be said that the Eastern Michigan Eagles don’t value academics along with their athletic achievements. The Eagles have been awarded the President’s Special Recognition Team Award from the Golf Coaches Association of America. They join 18 other programs in receiving the award, and they are the only Mid-American Conference program to earn the honor.
Per EMU’s release...
The Golf Coaches Association of America announced that the Eastern Michigan University men's golf team received the President's Special Recognition Academic Team Award following the 2016-17 season.
The Eagles were one of just 19 Division I teams to receive the special honor. Additionally, Eastern was the only Mid-American Conference school to receive the distinction. To receive the President's Special Recognition award, teams must have an overall team GPA of 3.5 or better.
In total, 39 teams across Division I, II, III, and NAIA received the honor. The Green and White were also named an All-Academic Team for their academic success. To earn All-Academic honors, a team must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college or university must submit the GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year.
Academic National ChampionsDivision I - Georgia StateDivision II - St. Edward'sDivision III - KalamazooNAIA - Governors StateNJCAA DI - Central AlabamaNJCAA DII - Mineral Area College
President's Special Recognition (3.5 or better GPA)
East Tennessee State
William & Mary
That’s some rare air for the Eagles and they are in the company of some significant academic heavy hitters. When you’re joined in an academic award by the likes of Harvard, Yale, Duke, and William & Mary you are doing something right. Very right, in fact.
Eastern Michigan has had a rough couple of years lately when it comes to athletics. To see this type of academic achievement and the resurgence of the football program is a welcome sight in Ypsilanti.