SANFORD, Florida - If someone asks Coach Courtney Miller about favorite memories, the answer would not be winning 1,000 games or advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament. The answer would be all the young ladies who have gone on to be an important part of their community. Another testiment to Coach Miller's efforts is the latest academic ranking from the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association.

The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across the Association’s membership categories. NCAA Division III led the way with 1,600 student-athletes earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for 2017-18. NCAA Division I and Division II followed with 1,311 and 1,026 honorees. High School weighted and High School unweighted earned 743 and 589 distinctions. Two-year colleges amassed 553 recipients and NAIA totaled 456.

Grand Canyon University (3.790) and Otterbein University (3.751) led NCAA Division I & III, while Indiana University Southeast (3.697) posted the top NAIA mark and Iowa Western Community College set the two-year college standard with a 3.700 GPA.

NCAA Division I  1. Grand Canyon– 3.790; 2. Northern Kentucky- 3.670; 3. Charlotte- 3.649; 4. SIUE- 3.616; t5. Sam Houston State- 3.598; t5. Robert Morris- 3.598; 7. Southern Illinois- 3.596; 8. Alabama- 3.590; 9. Detroit Mercy- 3.571; 10. DePaul- 3.569.

NCAA Division II  1. Urbana- 3.840; 2. Upper Iowa- 3.717; 3. Bridgeport- 3.713; 4. California (Pa.)- 3.684; 5. Illinois Springfield- 3.673; 6. Arkansas-Monticello- 3.665; 7. Southeastern Oklahoma- 3.660; 8. Rockhurst- 3.639; 9. Grand Valley- 3.630; 10. McKendree- 3.627.

NCAA Division III  1. Otterbein- 3.751; 2. Johnson & Wales- 3.720; 3. Penn State Brandywine- 3.680; 4. MIT- 3.670; 5. Stevens Tech- 3.633; 6. Endicott- 3.615; 7. Saint Mary’s (Ind.)- 3.611; 8. Nebraska Wesleyan- 3.610; 9. Bethel (Minn.)- 3.606; t10. Suffolk- 3.596; t10. Ithaca- 3.596.

NAIA  1. Indiana University Southeast- 3.697; 2. Spring Arbor- 3.695; 3. Central Methodist- 3.626; 4. USCB- 3.594; 5. Siena Heights- 3.591; 6. Williams Woods- 3.555; 7. St. Ambrose- 3.549; 8. Vanguard- 3.548; 9. Hannibal-LaGrange- 3.546; 10. Baker- 3.543.

Junior College  1. Iowa Western CC- 3.700; 2. Southern Union State CC- 3.650; t3. Butler CC- 3.610; t3. College of Southern Idaho- 3.610; 5. Allen CC- 3.590; 6. East Central College- 3.570; 7. East Mississippi CC- 3.561; 8. Seminole State College of Florida- 3.516; 9. Northeast Mississippi CC 3.493; 10. Northwest Mississippi CC- 3.471.

The Raiders had 12 Academic All-Americans (5 return to this year's team). The list of these individuals is linked above. 

RAIDER NOTES:

  • Coach Miller won her 1,000 career game on March 17, 2018
  • The 2018 team finished 52-15 (including 22-2 at home) and has won 105 games over the previous two seasons
  • Seminole State will serve as host of the NJCAA Region 8 Tournament May 2-5, 2019 at Boombah Soldiers Creek
  • To donate to the Women's Softball team please go to: https://tkt.xosn.com//donor/DonorProfile.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=34200&DB_OEM_ID=34200
  • There are opportunities to sponsor or rent Seminole State Raider facilities and/or the Athletics motorcoach, for information send an email to esserk@seminolestate.edu 

About the Seminole State Raiders:

The Raider Athletics Department of Seminole State College was established in 1965 and initially led by Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Joe Sterling. Seminole State currently sponsors five sports all members of the NJCAA. Both Baseball and Softball facilities are located on College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.  Kurt Esser is the current Athletic Director.

For more about Raider Athletics, visit SeminoleStateRaiders.com, follow us on Twitter: @buildingRaiders and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/buildingRaiders/.  Fans can follow the Raider Softball team on twitter (@SeminoleStateSB) and facebook (https://www.facebook.com/seminolestatesoftball).

Media contact: Kurt Esser, Director of Athletics, 407.708.2092, esserk@seminolestate.edu