March 1, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For the second straight semester, the New Mexico volleyball team has posted a program-high grade point average. The Lobos turned in a 3.63 GPA for the fall semester of 2006, topping the 3.43 they posted in the spring of '06.
The team's GPA was not only a program best. The average was the highest last semester among all UNM teams.
"I am extremely proud of the great efforts our young women have put forth in their academics," head coach Jeff Nelson said. "This will always be a source of great pride for this program. It is also a strong reflection on the former coaching staff and their emphasis on strong academics!"
The combined grade point average for the Lobos' 21 athletics programs during the 2006 fall semester was a 3.06 according to the UNM registrar's office. It's the ninth consecutive semester the GPA has been at 3.02 or higher. It's the highest GPA for a fall term and the second-best for all semesters. The all-time high is 3.08 in the spring of 2006. UNM began tracking grades in the fall of 1988.
"We are very proud of the performance of our student-athletes in the classroom, the community and on the playing fields," said UNM athletics director Paul Krebs. "The continued success of our student-athletes in the classroom is a testament to the young men and women in our program, and our coaches and the staff who our committed to the concept of the student-athlete."
2006 University of New Mexico Fall Semester Grade Point Averages
Baseball - 2.96
Basketball - 2.54
Football - 2.60
Golf - 3.04
Skiing - 3.51
Soccer - 3.25
Tennis - 2.78
Track* - 2.95
Basketball - 3.25
Golf - 3.08
Skiing - 3.46
Soccer - 3.40
Softball - 3.11
Swimming - 3.45
Tennis - 3.55
Track* - 3.28
Volleyball - 3.63
Total - 3.06
*includes cross country, indoor and outdoor track
Volleyball had its highest GPA for the second straight semester
Swimming had its highest GPA
Semester grades have been tabulated since the fall of 1988
A total of 483 student-athletes were included in the tabulation
A total of 282 student-athletes, or 58%, had a 3.0 GPA or better
A total of 149 student-athletes, or 31%, had a 3.5 GPA or better, and 32 had a 4.0 or better